Labor: Profits, Polemics & Politics

After a long and lazy summer of labor-management discussions, the Big Three auto companies offered the United Auto Workers a proposal only two weeks before the Aug. 31 expiration of the contract. It was a wage and benefit package that amounted to 41¢ over the next three years, accepted the union's premise that better retirement and pension benefits are imperative this year, but ignored the U.A.W.'s persistent demands for longer coffee breaks.

Christ & Churchill. As it is expected to in the script, the union turned down the offer, but it did so with such heat and haste as...

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