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Douglas A. Fraser, who led the United Auto Workers union through dark hours in the U.S. auto industry in the 1970s and '80s and was instrumental in saving Chrysler from bankruptcy, died Saturday. He was 91.

Fraser was popular with the union's rank-and-file, who appreciated his candor and accessibility.

He also was a shrewd and pragmatic negotiator with the Big Three. He helped win comprehensive health care, uncapped cost-of-living allowances and improved working conditions.