Short Sharp Strike

What is it with these super-short UAW strikes? The one at GM lasted only two

days, while the one at Chrysler lasted

about six hours. Is it a way for the UAW negotiators to concede gracefully

while appearing tough to their membership? Is it a gentle reminder from the

union to the management that they’d better stay friendly? Is it all some kind

of elaborate kabuki incomprehensible to outsiders? In any case, if Stephen Feinberg

of Cerberus bought Chrysler expecting little trouble from the union, he might

not have been far off the mark.

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