How much does a Union Auto Worker ear...

How much does a Union Auto Worker earn? ...

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Waterford, MI

#1 Nov 23, 2008
How much does an autoworker really earn?

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United States

#2 Dec 7, 2008
3 times more than the average auto worker.....

Waterford, MI

#3 Dec 28, 2008
The corporate media are perpetuating the false perception that the average GM worker costs more than $70 an hour, once you include health and pension costs. The primary reason they spread this propaganda is to paint the UAW workers as a bunch of highly overpaid workers. If you think corporate media along with certain special interest groups are your friend, think again! Why are they being deceptive? Do they have an agenda?

The average GM assembly-line worker makes about $28.50 per hour in wages, and by no means are they being paid $44.50 an hour in health insurance and pension plan contributions. The so-called $73 per hour figure is a ridiculous number obtained by adding up GM's total labor, health, and pension costs, and then dividing by the total number of hours worked. In other words, it includes all the healthcare and retirement costs of retired workers.

The primary reason for the difference in compensation between GM autoworkers and foreign company autoworkers is largely due to 'legacy' costs, the cost of a 100-year-old company honoring it's commitment to pay its retiree an surviving spouses pensions.

The starting hourly wage for a newly hired non-core assembly worker is $14.25, with minimal benefits.

Chicago, IL

#4 Dec 29, 2008
excuse me, but I know exactly what the average assembly line worker makes and how hard they work for their wage and the demand that the UAW has put on GM over the years. I also know many others that have gone to college paid for their education and stand to make no where near the wage the average line worker makes because the rest of us do not have legalized bullies ( UAW- Teamsters) or Pimps who are paid to strong arm the company into squeezing every red cent out of them until they are on the verge of bankruptcy. Once the autoworkers realize that they have been brainwashed by the UAW and that the NLRB does everything for ALL workers for FREE. No dues out of my pay. I use my own voice to speak for my self. No protection for the lousey slob who takes every other day off, showing up high or drunk etc endangering my safety! Our benefits are not minimal! We get plenty of paid days off, good insurance, and we take a personnal interest in investin our future. What more could an American ask for?
So Joe, why do YOU not want everyone to know the truth?

Southport, NC

#5 Jun 5, 2009
I am a retired IBEW member,who saw how hard the operators at a nuke work .I was able to last two weeks before my conscience made me quit.
I've worked in factories,refurbishing them ,these workers WORK some at mind numbing repetitive jobs,that also take a toll on them physically.The people who complain about a wage for non college worker should realize some have served a 4 to 5 year apprenticeship to earn the wage they get

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