On Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the online message board of a rogue website frequented by Ford Motor Co.’s blue-collar workers was abuzz with a nasty rumor. “The word on the street is the Big Three are bringing flex benefits to the table this round of bargaining, just like the supervisors have,” a user identified as OAC707 reports. “The scary part is, National is looking at it.” OAC707’s advice: “Just say no.” Hotrod01 replies, “They start with flex benefits and within a ...

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