New Boss Same as the Old Boss: A Look at the GM/UAW VEBA Post-IPO
Stephen F. Diamond
Santa Clara University - School of Law
November 19, 2010
General Motor’s ability to exit bankruptcy through a public offering of its common stock (IPO) depended heavily on the sacrifices of active and retired members of the United Auto Workers (UAW). A review of the now public filings of GM related to the IPO indicate the significant concessions UAW retirees made to their health care plan, now nominally controlled by the UAW itself through a Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association, or VEBA. The VEBA remains joined at the hip for the foreseeable future to GM itself, yet breaking that dependency was the very purpose of the VEBA when it was first proposed to UAW members by GM and the UAW leadership. In that respect, this joint effort by the UAW and GM must be considered a failure.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 5
Keywords: General Motors, GM, UAW, United Auto Workers, VEBA, Auto Industry
JEL Classification: A10, D2, D6, E24, G3, G33, G34, G38, I1, J33, J38, J5, J51, K22, K31working papers series
Date posted: November 22, 2010
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