GM's Pension Fund Problems

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Case Length : 21 Pages
Period : 1995 - 2005
Pub. Date : 2006
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : GM
Industry : Automobile
Countries : US


The case describes the huge employee pension, healthcare and retirement benefits related liabilities of GM which according to industry analysts may lead the company into bankruptcy.

It explains how these liabilities got accumulated over the years and mentions the measures taken by GM to pay them.

The case also discusses the reasons for the continuous decline of GM's market share in the US automobile industry. The case ends with the analysts' view on how GM should solve its problems.


Appreciate the importance of sustainable plan to fund post retirement employee benefits

Examine the role of labor unions in GM's pension fund problems


  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 3
Change in Fortune 4
Troubles Began at GM 5
GM Wipes Out Pension Deficit 10
Accounting Problems Surface 11
The Road Ahead 12
Exhibits 14


GM, Post Retirement Employee Benefits, Pension Fund, Healthcare Costs, United Auto Workers, Pension Obligations

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