WAGES: Wassail!

Eastman Kodak Co. last week announced a "wage dividend" for its 48,000 employees of $15,500,000, biggest in the 38-year-old history of Eastman's profit-sharing plan (last year's bonus: $13 million). Though Eastman's earnings for the first nine months this year were down about 17% from 1948, it's common, stock dividend was higher ($1.70 v. $1.60 last year). Therefore, the bonus, based on the dividend paid to stockholders, was higher also. Paid to everyone employed before last October, the bonus consists of $25 for every $1,000 earned by an employee during the last five years. A man who had earned an average...

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