National Affairs: With Ford's Help

Spokesmen for Ford Motor Co. and C. I. O.'s United Automobile Workers of America continued to speak to each other last week. They began to do so three weeks ago, when U. A. W. President Homer Martin conferred with Henry Ford and his personnel director, Harry Bennett (TIME, Oct. 24).

First result of their parleys was announced by Homer Martin. He was preparing a blanket union contract for some 2,000 plants which make parts for Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, et al.; parts makers who are, of course, dependent upon their big customers for economic life....

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