TEXTILES: What a Business!

Last week the cotton-textile industry:

¶ Estimated that mill output in 1944 may be two billion yards—nearly 20% short of estimated need.

¶ Had 47,000 fewer workers than in 1942, could find no skilled replacements, expected absenteeism to increase under the 48-hour-week order issued last fortnight by the Manpower Commission.

¶ Faced a demand by the Textile Workers Union (C.I.O) for minimum pay of 60¢ an hour in Southern mills.

¶ Was warned by WPB that if manufacturers persist in cutting production of cheap textiles and concentrating on higher-priced, more profitable items, their production...

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