National Affairs: The Perfect 18

The figure 18½ had come to be almost as popular as the figure of Jane Russell. Within four months, it had become fashionable to settle industrial disputes with an 18½¢-an-hour wage increase. So far, it had been granted to workers in steel, rubber, electrical plants (G.E. and G.M.), and was the average raise in the auto industry.

Last week its captivating (and mysterious) charms once more caused 18½¢ to be voted the labor-management figure of the year.

This time a Government fact-finding board, prodded by a strike, recommended it as a wage increase to 31,370 C.I.O. Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers and...

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