LABOR: Escalator Going Up

A million members of the United Auto Workers Union (C.I.O.) got on their escalator last week and rode up to another 1¢-an-hour increase in pay. A new rise in the Bureau of Labor Statistics cost-of-living index called for an automatic increase which will add $20 million a year to the automobile industry's wage bill. On Oct. 15, the BLS index stood at a record-high 187.8 (the 1935-39 average is 100), an increase of .7% since Sept. 15. The automatic rise will add to the pressure for another round of wage increases in all industries which, in turn, will encourage...

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