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Text of Amicus Brief by Labor and Benefits Law Professors to Supreme Court on Appeal of Sixth Circuit Decision Upholding Lifetime Retiree Health Benefits Under Collective Bargaining Agreement (PDF)
33 Professors of Employment and Labor Law Link to more items from this source
Oct. 1, 2014
"Petitioners and their amici argue that employers were and continue to be unlikely to grant vested retiree health benefits because of the potential for those benefits to become unpredictably expensive over time. Accordingly, they argue that a court should determine that retiree health benefits are vested only if the relevant CBA contains a clear statement to that effect. Whether or not this assessment of employer reasoning is correct today, it is seriously flawed as to the period of time during which many retiree health benefits clauses were first negotiated: the mid-1960s through mid-1970s. Moreover, because the language governing retiree health insurance has often been carried, basically unchanged, from CBA to CBA, the conditions surrounding initial negotiations remain relevant to interpretation of CBA language today." [M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, No. 13-1010 (on appeal from 6th Cir., cert. granted May 5, 2014)]

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