LABOR: Dulcet Answer

The lights in Room 5-202 of Detroit's massive General Motors Building burned into the dawn one night last week. In that same room two years ago, the United Auto Workers' fiery Walter Reuther and G.M.'s management had cursed each other, touched off the fuse for a costly 113-day strike.

But this time G.M. and the U.A.W. were not exchanging four-letter epithets. They were hard at work on a new kind of contract. To "the U.A.W.'s threat of a strike and demands which totaled 45¢ an hour, G.M.'s grey, forthright President Charles E. Wilson...

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