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    Union autoworkers make $70 an hour


    Union autoworkers' wages in 2008 were about $30 an hour

    The $70-an-hour figure includes not only wages and benefits for current workers, but also benefits paid to current retirees. The Associated Press reported in 2008:

    GM, which negotiated the four-year deal that serves as a template for UAW deals with Chrysler and Ford, says its total hourly labor costs dropped 6 percent this year from pre-contract levels, from $73.26 in 2006 to around $69 per hour. The new cost includes laborers' wages of $29.78 per hour, plus benefits, pensions and the cost of providing health care to more than 432,000 GM retirees, GM spokesman Tony Sapienza said.