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A look back: UAW, Detroit auto workers and labor relations

UAW History
Screenshot from UAW website
UAW History


Once again Michigan Radio’s political analyst Jack Lessenberry unleashes his knowledge of Michigan history. This time we get a historical perspective about negotiations between the United Auto Workers and Detroit automakers.

Contract talks have already started between the UAW and General Motors, Chrysler and Ford. But these talks are a little different this time around.

General Motors and Chrysler both emerged from bankruptcy in the past year and the unions agreed not to strike those two automakers in a previous contract. So far, both sides appear to be approaching these negotiations with optimism. Lessenberry talks about what these negotiations were like back in the day.

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