Maytag Corp. v. Int'l Union, No. 11-2931 (8th Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
The United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers International Union and Local 997 appealed the district court judgment after a five-day bench trial declaring that Whirlpool Corporation may unilaterally modify the health care benefits it provided to retired hourly workers previously employed at the Newton, Iowa manufacturing facilities of Whirlpool's now-dissolved subsidiary, Maytag Corporation. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, holding (1) the district court correctly found that a case or controversy existed when Whirlpool filed its declaratory judgment action; and (2) the retirees did not have a vested right to the previously granted health benefits under ERISA, as the benefits were provided in a collectively bargained agreement that had no express vesting provision.