Labor: A Sort of Ending

It was a silly strike to begin with, and it came to a silly ending. Walter Reuther had insisted that all local work issues—some 17,000 of them—would have to be settled before his United Auto Workers could reach a national agreement with General Motors. On the tenth day of the strike and with almost 300,000 men out of work, he changed his mind, decided that a national settlement would help to iron out local differences. After that, it took only eleven hours of negotiation to reach a national pact. That did not immediately...

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