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After some journalists and pundits began tossing around the "$70-per-hour" figure, the UAW and other Auto Industry analysts responded that the real pay to build a car for the "big three" is closer to $26-per-hour.

Why the big difference? Benefits.
The UAW breaks it down here.

Jonathan Cohn, a senior editor at the New Republic wrote an article that "debunks the $70-per-hour myth."