Business: Labor: A Year of Showdowns

Union demands mil put heavy strain on Administration wage guidelines

Of all the challenges to the Carter Administration's program to stop inflation, the most daunting is next year's tidal wave of labor negotiations. Even before the President announced his program of voluntary wage-price restraints, the 1979 bargaining calendar looked rugged. Next year, contracts covering 3.7 million workers expire, compared with roughly 2 million in 1978. In an era when industry is struggling to hold down costs and union members have seen inflation eating up their wage gains, the stage is set for confrontation. Says John Gentry, labor relations adviser to Alfred Kahn,...

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