New Boss Same as the Old Boss: A Look at the GM/UAW VEBA Post-IPO

5 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2010

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Stephen F. Diamond

Santa Clara University - School of Law

Date Written: 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.

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, K31

Suggested Citation

Diamond, Stephen F., New Boss Same as the Old Boss: A Look at the GM/UAW VEBA Post-IPO (November 19, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

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