• Case

Negotiations between the United Auto Workers (UAW) and General Motors (GM) in 2007 created a new entity to provide retiree healthcare, a Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA). The agreement shifted the responsibility and the risk for retiree healthcare to the new VEBA trust. GM would provide a set amount of money for retiree health coverage and would no longer guarantee “defined benefits,” promises of specific retiree healthcare benefits, which the UAW had negotiated with GM over many years. After settling with GM, the UAW negotiated similar agreements with Ford and Chrysler.

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