PRODUCTIVITY: The Key to U.S. Industrial Progress

TO delegates of the United Automobile Workers convening in Atlantic City last week (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS) U.A.W. President Walter P. Reuther announced a new labor goal. Next year, he said, the U.A.W. will demand a "shorter workweek with increased take-home pay," leading as rapidly as possible to a four-day workweek for auto workers and for all of industry. The cost can easily be paid, said he, out of the "increased productivity of the tools of production." But can it?

Unfortunately, even as U.A.W.'s Reuther was pinning such large hopes on productivity, evidence was...

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