Business: Scary Strike

$9.62 an hour is not enough

Proudly, officers of United Auto Workers Local 2055 announced two weeks ago the completion of negotiation of a first contract for 1,800 members at Volkswagen's six-month-old plant in New Stanton, Pa. The pact called for a minimum wage next year of $7.48 an hour for unskilled workers, rising to $9.62 in 1981, and $9.48 for skilled diemakers, rising in three years to $11.62 — plus fringes. But the workers were not buying. Last week they rejected the contract 1,235 to 94 and stomped out on strike.

Until now, VW's...

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