Rough Bargaining Ahead

The U.A.W. picks Ford as a target, but faces trouble with GM

"Ford is supposed to be a hotbed of good ideas," said Owen Bieber, president of the United Auto Workers. "We're going to give them the opportunity to demonstrate that the same is true in the labor-relations arena." Bieber's 1.1 < million-member union thereupon served notice last week, well before its labor contract expires on Sept. 14, that the No. 2 U.S. automaker would be the U.A.W.'s priority target in seeking a new three-year pact. The designation was meant to put increased bargaining pressure on the target company, a pattern that in years past meant a settlement with Ford would quickly be...