Business: The Workers' Stake in Capitalism

EMPLOYEE STOCKHOLDERS

DURING the greatest economic boom of all time, a new group of stockholders is sharing in the fat corporate profits. They are the U.S. workers who make the goods. Since World War II, plans to help employees buy stock have spread so fast that some 300 companies now have programs involving 2,000,000 salaried and production-line workers. This week General Motors announced the results of a poll on its plan for 112,000 salaried employees. Four out of every five eligible workers decided to invest up to 10% of their pay in G.M.'s future, and the corporation started making deductions from paychecks....

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