LABOR: Shell Game

For three months, in Detroit's Sheraton Hotel, Walter Reuther's auto workers and the Chrysler Corp. had tried to outguess each other with their separate versions of the newest and most complicated gimmick in labor contracts—pensions for workers. Last week Reuther gave a sleight-of-hand demonstration of how to baffle the adversary and how not to get 89,000 workers back on their jobs.

He had called the strike in January, He had demanded a 10¢-an-hour package like the one he had won from Ford. Reuther reckoned that the 10¢ would pay for improved insurance benefits...

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