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When we were in Detroit over the summer, there were already rumblings of how important the UAW negotiations would be. The car makers have to cut costs to survive, thanks to the competition from Asian companies like Toyota and Honda. On the other side of the table sit the union workers... hardworking people with families and mortgages and multiple generations in the auto plants. Keeping the two sides apart, of course, are issues like health care, pensions, pay, and job security. Intractable to say the least. Still, the strike took most people by surprise (including many of the workers now on strike). Analysts seem to think it will be a short strike, and for the most part workers say they hope to be back at work soon. We must have some of the striking workers, or their family members, in our audience. How long do you think the strike will last, and will it do any good?