WAGES & SALARIES: Holding the Line

WAGES & SALARIES

The Wage Stabilization Board, which ordered a nationwide wage freeze a year ago, last week got around to making the order stick. In Detroit, a regional WSB enforcement commission found the J. D. Hedin Construction Co. guilty of paying $40,000 in over-the-ceiling wages, the first such major decision since the freeze. It found that Hedin's bricklayers got $3 an hour for working on a Veterans Administration hospital when WSB regulations allowed only $2.75. The commission ruled that Hedin must pay federal income taxes on the $40,000, and ordered the VA to deduct the sum from its contract with Hedin....

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