Business: Politics at Ford

The old-style businessman often urged his workers to vote—the way he wanted them to. The new trend in business is to urge employees to take a more active role in the political party of their choice—even when that choice makes the boss gag. Last week, with the approval of the U.A.W., Ford Motor Co. sent letters to some 152,000 employees urging them to make political contributions through the company under a plan that guaranteed secrecy for the donor. Ford will pass out two envelopes to each worker, one with spaces for checking his choice of either Republican or Democratic Party....

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