Within a few hours one day last week the whole labor picture changed.
> Ford Motor Co., leading the way, agreed to sign up with its 100,000 United Auto Workers at an 18¢-per-hour wage increase (see BUSINESS).
> Chrysler, following suit, put its name to a contract calling for an 18½¢-an-hour increase for its 48,000 production employes.
> The nation's railroads and 18 railroad unions (all except the Trainmen and Locomotive Engineers) agreed to submit their wage dispute to arbitration, the findings to be binding on both parties.
> The C.I.O. Packinghouse Workers went back into the Government-seized plants (see below).