The UAW: Tooling up for the ’80s

The UAW: Tooling up for the ’80s

As we enter the 1980s it seems certain that working people in the auto towns will suffer the full impact of the latest round of recession and regional depression. With all their press puffery, the auto executives cannot hide the plain facts: they have glutted the domestic market with a product neither the society nor the individual consumer has been able to afford. Chrysler is in deep trouble and GM and Ford admit that their profit futures depend as much on sales in the uncertain international market as on “downsizing the American fleet.” With one in six American workers dependent on the auto economy, perilous times are ahead for our banana republic on wheels….

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Duggan | University of California Press Gardels