LABOR: Targeting Ford

Surrounded by aides, Leonard Woodcock, president of the United Auto Workers, strode into the union's Solidarity House last week to perform one of Detroit's triennial rites: the selection of a strike target. The union never shuts down the entire industry; it picks one company to concentrate on in the hope that the selected victim will agree to the union's proposals rather than lose sales to its non-struck rivals. Woodcock's announcement: it will be Ford that must reach agreement by Sept. 14 or face a walkout.

Why Ford? Said Woodcock, in effect: primarily because that company...

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