WAGES & SALARIES: Holes in the Ceiling

WAGES & SALARIES The Wage Stabilization Board, which violated its own 10% limit on raises by approving bigger boosts for railroad and meat-packing workers (TIME, May 28), last week punched a gaping hole in the ceiling for 1,000,000 U.S. autoworkers. It okayed a 4¢-an-hour boost, for "increased productivity," in most C.I.O.-U.A.W. autoworkers' contracts. Coupled with the 3¢-an-hour cost-of-living raise last month, average auto wages were now up to $1.93 an hour, 12% above WSB's January 1950 base period. WSB also ruled that the productivity increase could not be used by automakers as a wedge for higher auto prices. In Detroit, however,...

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