I was listening to the news last night, and there was a story about how General Motors was asking their labor union to take voluntary cuts to employee health benefits. The union said it was willing to consider that once the current contract was up (I believe that was in 2007). GM is trying to force through changes now.
So, is GM really able to force changes in the middle of an employee contract that they agreed to? Isn’t the purpose of an employment contract to prevent something like this?
Or is this more of a case of GM not being able to make these changes at will, but trying to convince the unions to renegotiate the contracts 2 years early?