Autos: Reuther & the Maverick

In his negotiations with the auto manufacturers, United Auto Workers President Walter Reuther has always tried to divide and conquer. Historically, Reuther scored many of his best contractual gains by first breaking Ford, then using the Ford surrender terms as the basis to settle with the other companies. But in 1958, Ford stood steadfast in a united front with General Motors and Chrysler, and U.A.W members worked without a contract for almost four months until Reuther finally agreed to none-too-favorable terms. This year, searching for a more promising target than Ford, Reuther...

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