Labor: Greek Tragedy in Detroit?

There was one happy break with tradition as leaders of the United Auto Workers and the Big Three car makers began separate labor talks last week. Both sides agreed to start serious bargaining immediately, rather than propagandizing until close to the strike deadline. That was the only hopeful sign in an atmosphere as heavy with a sense of menace as the opening of a Greek tragedy. Not since the talks that preceded the record-breaking 1959 steel strike has a major union-management confrontation begun with both sides assuming such an intractable line.

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