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Day 5: How the UAW made Michigan a right-to-work state

By Sean Higgins | 07/26/13 12:00 AM

Day 5: How the UAW made Michigan a right-to-work state

United Auto Workers President Bob King was worried. He had watched in disgust in 2010 as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker succeeded in doing away with automatic union dues deductions for government workers. Fifth and final installment of the Washington Examiner series by Sean Higgins.
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Day 4: The Bush and Obama bailouts 'save' the UAW

By Sean Higgins | 07/25/13 12:00 AM

Day 4: The Bush and Obama bailouts 'save' the UAW

The Big Three had been fairly stable in the decade leading up to the 2008 meltdown thanks to high demand for light trucks. This obscured deep structural problems: massive debt, a cumbersome dealer network and bloated labor costs. Fourth of a five-part series by Washington Examiner Senior Writer...
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Day 3: Detroit downsizes as Japan builds plants in the right-to-work South

By Sean Higgins | 07/24/13 12:00 AM

Day 3: Detroit downsizes as Japan builds plants in the right-to-work South

After decades of virtually no foreign competition as Germany and Japan rebuilt after World War II, the Big Three automakers suddenly found their home market share under attack. Third of a five-part series.
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Day 2: Even the Big Three's boom years had to end

By Sean Higgins | 07/23/13 12:00 AM

Day 2: Even the Big Three's boom years had to end

What was good for General Motors was good for America -- but the good times had to end for the Big Three automakers, and Detroit's fortunes fell with them. Second of our five-part series.
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Day 1: What Democrats and unions have done to Detroit

By Sean Higgins | 07/26/13 12:00 AM

Day 1: What Democrats and unions have done to Detroit

For five decades, the only hands were on Detroit's steering wheel were those of Big Labor and the Democratic Party -- and they drove the city into the ditch. First of our five-part special series.
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Stories in this series
 
Monday: Big Labor and one-party government drove Detroit into the ditch
Tuesday: Even Detroit's boom years had to end
Wednesday: Detroit downsizes as Japan builds in the right-to-work South
Thursday: The Bush and Obama bailouts "save" the UAW
Friday: How the UAW made Michigan a right-to-work state
 
See the complete series, along with video and related media, at this link.

Video from this series

Interactive timeline

Mouse over and click the right edge of the interactive to scroll through the years.

Detroit no longer 'Motor City'

In Detroit's heyday, it was the town where America made cars. But the city's fortunes have fallen at the same time as auto production plants popped up in other parts of the country and even in Mexico. Here's a look at auto plants across North America; click the colored balloons for more info on each plant.

View North American OEM Auto Plants in a larger map