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Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partners in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics -- and what it all means. This week, Howes says the United Auto Workers' latest bid to organize Nissan Motor Corp. workers in Tennessee comes at a tricky time in the industry. Car sales are plunging, even as SUVs stay strong. And President Donald Trump's pledges to bolster manufacturing in the United States remain just that -- pledges.

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