STATE OF BUSINESS: The Big Package

As goes the price of steel, so goes the price of thousands of consumer products. Last week it looked as if steel's wages and prices were headed up again. At the A.F.L.-C.I.O. Steelworkers' "Operation Soundoff," the well-organized bull session in Chicago for President Dave McDonald's 170-man wage policy committee, the union drafted its demands. Topping the list: "supplementary unemployment benefits," the steelworkers' version of the autoworkers' guaranteed annual wage. But where the autoworkers get from 60% to 65% of take-home pay (including state benefits) for 26 weeks if they are laid off, the steelworkers want 65% for 52 weeks....

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