RAILROADS: Pay Boost for 1,225,000

The nation's 1,225,000 railroad workers last week got a pay boost of 4¢ an hour retroactive to Dec. 1, 1952. Though it will cost the railroads about $120 million a year, it was the reason for the raise more than the sum involved that riled their tempers. The reason: increased "productivity" by the rail workers, the first such pay award ever made to them on Government authority.

The award was made by Paul Guthrie economics professor at the University of North Carolina and former member of the Wage Stabilization Board. He had been appointed by Harry Truman last December to settle...

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