MANAGEMENT: G.M.'s New Pattern

General Motors, which set a new pattern for labor and management five years ago by tying wages to the cost of living, last week modernized the pattern. It agreed to a request by the C.I.O.'s United Auto Workers that the bulk of the cost-of-living increases be incorporated in base pay rates. Thus, of the 24¢ in cost-of-living increases granted since 1950, 19¢ will become a permanent pay increase.

Though the G.M.-U.A.W. contract (renewed in 1950) still has two years to run, and the union had no legal means of forcing its reopening, G.M. agreed to do so on the union's plea...

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