LABOR: Guaranteed Annual Mirage

Offering a new contract to A.F.L. production workers in its three New Jersey plants, American Can Co. included the same widely hailed guaranteed-annual-wage plan that the can industry had given the C.I.O. steelworkers' union (TIME, Aug. 22). But from the A.F.L. local came a startling reaction. Through Business Agent John Gerard, the union flatly rejected G.A.W., said that it was clearly unnecessary in their industry, where there is no seasonal layoff comparable to that in auto plants.

Gerard charged that can-industry bosses were trying to "ram down our throats" a G.A.W. provision which they consider "insurance that they're never going...

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