Business: The Wages of Inflation

Carter is flirting with no-standard standards

The Carter Administration's efforts to devise another wage guideline to replace one that nominally expired Oct. 1 led to a poignant business-labor standoff last week. The White House in September had hailed the new 18-member Pay Advisory Committee as part of a ''national accord" on wage policy that would mark a healing of the rift between the President and organized labor. When the committee's first working session took place, however, all the problems of proper compensation in a period of 13% inflation burst open.

Lane Kirkland, who is...

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