The economics of strikes, update

The United Auto Workers union could become General Motors’ biggest shareholder under a deal to transfer the carmaker’s healthcare obligations to a huge union-managed trust.

The two sides agreed last week to set up the Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association as part of a four-year labour contract.  GM’s $29.9bn contribution to the Veba will include a $4.4bn note convertible into GM shares.  GM’s market value of almost $21bn plus that of the bond, if converted at par, would give UAW a stake of about 17 per cent.

Here is the story, had I mentioned that the strike is over?  Here is my previous post on strikes and the Coase Theorem.


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