How they came by that $75/hr is pretty funny. They combined all the salary, benefits and pension payouts for every enrolled member for — I think — the past 20 or 25 years. That's every dime (and dime's value) paid to every worker over all that time. Then they divided the total by the number of currently working union members. That's not cooked data — that's roasted, toasted, nuked and deep fried fantasy!
The UAW really isn't the problem that it is perceived to be. If you're going on the report that auto workers' average pay is $75 per hour, you're using cooked data. In reality, the average wage is $18 per hour. Still, that's pretty good, but that is an average, meaning that there are many who are making less than that and many who are making more. Seriously, if you were making $75 per hour, would you be living hand to mouth?
I read something wish I kept the link
The 75 an hour - yes is not take home pay - what it is , is all the company contributions such as medical , annuities , 401K , unemployment insurance , union prescribe benes , based on a wage of 28 to 32 per hour - So an 18 per worker gets about 45 per hour of company contributions. Stuff you don't see on your pay check
When I owned my own company I paid carpenters 25 per hour by the time I got done with my contributions "State law mandates" medical and unemployment insurance and employee disability insurance , I was paying out close to 36 per hour and I was non union and I did not have any retirement plans like matching 401K plans.
So I am not sure what the UAW has GM throw into the pot ? but I bet its a lot more
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