WAGES: More Pay, Less Work

When a businessman demands that labor get more pay for less work, that's news. Last week, a big businessman made such news by telling Congress: the U.S. should boost the legal minimum wage from 40¢-an-hour to a minimum of 75¢.

At the same time, he recommended that Congress prepare legislation to establish a 40, a 36 and a 30-hour week. Commerce, industry, the trades and agriculture would be classified into three major divisions and three work weeks. But all would get the same weekly minimum wage, $30.

This suggestion came from dapper, poker-faced Robert Wood Johnson, 53, wartime brigadier general (in Ordnance...

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