UAW Labor Negotiations in Motor City

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Negotiations between the United Auto Workers and the Big Three car manufacturers used to be something of an economic contact sport, with both sides going head to head. With talks underway once again in Detroit, last week the UAW struck a deal with GM that brought some gains for workers, but not nearly the kind of deals that the union wrangled in its heyday. How is the UAW dealing with a changed marketplace? What labor gains are possible in a post-bailout world, after government aid brought the auto industry back from the brink? What new economic landscape is emerging on the shattered streets of Detroit? Doom and gloom stories are still commonly reported, but what initiatives are taking shape to bring the city back to life?




Sara Terry