Givebacks and Headaches

The auto workers' concessions to Ford may be only the beginning

Containing some so-called givebacks of past salary and benefit gains but assuring some job security during the next 31 months, the new contract between the Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers raced through the union ratification process last week like a greyhound chasing a mechanical rabbit. By midweek, the agreement had been approved by the U.A.W.'s international executive board and the Ford unit council meeting in Chicago. Decisive rank-and-file endorsement is this week by the 160,000 U.A.W. members who are Ford...

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