GM Retirees Face an Uncertain Future

Robert and Joan Allen, 83 and 79 respectively, have what is known in Detroit as a mixed marriage. Both spent their careers with General Motors, but he worked a union job as a shipping clerk in a GM warehousing facility, while she held a salaried position as a senior analyst for the Chevrolet division. Now with GM having filed for bankruptcy, the Allens worry that neither will retain benefits or pension payments adequate to sustain them in their condominium in South Lyon, Mich.

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