STATE OF BUSINESS: Autos or Ammunition?

Lined up on the same side of a Washington table last week were some strange partners. The C.I.O. Autoworkers' Boss Walter Reuther and other auto-union leaders sat with General Motors' President Charles E. (for Erwin) Wilson, Michigan's Governor Mennen Williams and top auto executives. Across the table sat mobilization Directors Charles Edward Wilson and Manly Fleischmann. The automen, union officials and governor had teamed up to protest cutbacks in auto production.

Cutbacks had already put 125,000 people out of work in the Detroit area. DPAdministrator Fleischmann warned there would be more—and unexpected—cuts soon. Word got out that he plans to...

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