GM's Friday Unpleasantness: $1.6b Into VEBA and $140k Per Worker to Close Moraine SUV Plant
Whew! Quite the headline. But that’s how GM rolls these days: save the bad news for Friday afternoon and couch it as “cost savings,” “re-sizing” or some such nonsense. Anway, Reuters reports that The General’s hammered-out a deal with the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE-CWA) union to close the ailing American automaker’s Moraine, Ohio SUV plant, home of the deeply unloved Chevy TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy. As it says above, GM will pay $1.6b into a health-care trust (VEBA) for IUE-CWA retirees and offer 1500 union members up to $140k each to head for the bar to talk about “the good old days.” The IUE-CWA pronounced itself satisfied with the deal. “It’s like getting paid not to breed Dodos.” No, seriously, union reps said they’d set up a board to manage the VEBA account which will take effect in January 2012. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Did someone forget to tell the union that GM’s heading for Chapter 11? Nope. But when faced with the inevitable, what were their options? See you in court, fellas.
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