UAW members make about $29.00 an hour, yes they have great benefits, don't we all wish our employers provided us with them? BTW, they do have co-pays. I know this boosts the hourly rate up, but it does not equal $70.00. Also, I would say about 90% earn this pay, yes there are some who do not give a whole days worth of work, but this is true in all work places. You have to look at what these jobs do to their bodies after 20-30 years, a lot of them end up with multiple injuries, that affects their quality of life. They also work in undesirable conditions, the plants are very hot in the summer, and cold in the winter, climbing in and out of small areas to assemble the cars that are moving while they are doing this, they work very long hours with very short notice, missing family functions, they have no sick days or vacation days. They do have 2 annual shut downs, when the plants go through "change overs", this is their vacation time, they can not pick the time of year like most of us. Now on the other hand, I do not agree with the SUB pay, or the JOB banks. If my employer had no work available for me, and by contract they had to pay me, I am sure they would have me cleaning, painting, or something to earn that money. I know this is against the contract, but this is the time to change it. I am not saying take a pay cut at all, but the SUB pay and the JOB banks are one way to help out, the CEO's and the management need to take major consessions first to show they want these companies to survive too. Now one more thing, please buy American made cars, this is one of the last major purchase you can make and easily choose where the profits will stay in the states, you will support American workers, not just the big 3, but all of the support that goes into these cars.
credit manager who sees UAW pay stubs daily.