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Auto Contracts #90886

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 23, 1984
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(Studio) Contract talks between UAW (United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) and General Motors Corporation said opening today in Detroit. High stakes said involved.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Detroit, Michigan) Difficult negotiations anticipated. Demonstrators shown proclaiming cuts taken by workers in last negotiations are reason for present good condition of industry [UAW Franklin SHERMAN - threatens strike if demands not met.] More efficient operations said to have contributed to union's loss of members since 1978. Job security, not money, said union's main push in current talks. [UAW Don EPHLIN - says having job is main object.] Large bonuses to General Motors Corporation and Ford executives this year, with no increases to workers since 1981, said rankling rank-and-file. [UAW Don DOUGLAS - says union mbrship. has been conned.] Japanese wages contrasted with those in US. Imports of parts for United States autos said perhaps an issue if a strike comes in fall.
REPORTER: Ron Miller

Jennings, Peter;
Miller, Ron

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