Autos: Toward a Strike

In 44 days of bargaining, negotiators have managed to settle just one item in Walter Reuther's 46-page list of United Auto Worker demands. They agreed to add "sex and age" to "color" in a contract antidiscrimination clause. Beyond that, the only consensus in Detroit seems to be that the industry is in for a long, costly strike. The union, snapped U.A.W. Vice President Leonard Woodcock last week, would not hesitate to pick a strike target "if we fail to get a satisfactory offer—and that's a foregone conclusion."

Neither side wanted to show its...

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