Some assclown named Andrew Ross Sorkin at the NYT pulled the $75/hour wage figure for UAW workers OUT OF HIS LYING ASS! The true amount is nowhere near that. How much are current UAW auto industry wages? As of the second quarter of 2003, a UAW-represented assembler earns $25.63 per hour of straight time. A typical UAW-represented skilled-trades worker earns $29.75 per hour of straight time. Between 1992 and 2002, inflation-adjusted real wages for UAW-represented autoworkers increased by 13.5 percent. This is a compounded annual pay increase, after inflation, of 1.28 percent. http://www.uaw.org/barg/03/barg02.cfm According to Olbermann (yes, that Olbermann, whose most irritating habit to the right is that he has actual facts to back him up), the current average wage may be $28/hour, maybe reaching $38/hour with benefits.