National Affairs: 13

Jim Grimes, white-haired, pipe-smoking business agent of the Mt. Vernon, Wash. (pop. 4,278) carpenter's union, had to admit that he was doing some strange thinking. But a question kept bothering him: Did his union really want a raise? It was theirs for the asking. One clause of their contract with building constructors called for salary adjustments based on increased living costs; on that basis they had 13¢ an hour more coming to them. But Grimes knew what costs were doing to the building trade. Would they get as much work if they charged $1.93½ an hour instead of $1.80½?

He decided to...

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