The Uaw Needs A Good Body Shop

It has been a rough year for United Auto Workers President Owen F. Bieber. First, General Motors Corp. announced its plan to close 21 plants and jettison 50,000 UAW jobs, exacerbating the union's already severe membership decline. Then, Caterpillar Inc. threatened to hire permanent replacement workers, breaking a five-month strike in April and handing the union a humiliating defeat. And those are just two of the crises Bieber and his colleagues have to ponder as they head to San Diego for the UAW's triennial national convention in mid-June.

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