U.S. Business: Overtime & Moonlighting

In Washington last week, A.F.L.-C.I.O. President George Meany announced that labor would soon start campaigning actively for a 35-hour week. He realized, he said, that it would not come right away, but he figured that labor could get the short week eventually "if we start a drive and make enough fuss." Or perhaps talking of labor's future was better than talking about labor's present. With unemployment high (5.3%) and union membership waning, labor has been having its troubles at the bargaining table lately. The workingman's wages—like the businessman's prices and profits—are rising at a much slower rate than in recent years.


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