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“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

UAW goes to court against the retirees

Oct 24, 2005

The UAW took GM to court over their recent negotiations. But GM welcomed the suit.

So what’s up? Legally a union can’t negotiate to reduce benefits for retirees; nor can a company unilaterally cut these benefits negotiated under union contracts.

This court suit is just a legal maneuver to get a judge to OK what the union and company did – to prevent retirees from suing over their betrayal of guaranteed “lifetime” and “unchangeable” health care.