“I worked for 34 years at GM/Delphi Corp. When Delphi went bankrupt, we lost everything, Dana Strickland of Michigan wrote me. Because I was salaried (middle management), we lost our pension and health insurance. I did not belong to the union, so GM/Delphi could have cared less. I have never felt so betrayed. We never hear this brought to the publics attention. People need to know how we were screwed, while the Obama administration kissed up to the union.
Im one of the Delphi Salaried Retirees that lost the health care, life insurance and 67 percent of the pension I was promised in retirement after working hard for 40 years, Charles Stone of Michigan e-mailed. Words cannot describe the frustration and let down these events have thrust on my familys lives, and to have GMs rescue all sugar-coated in the current political environment is like putting lipstick on a pig. We will continue to fight to right this grievous wrong.
Tom Rose of Ohio added: I am one of the 20,000 salaried retirees that lost all of my health care and in my case a 40 percent pension cut. So I am now paying increased health care costs with fewer pension dollars and contributing what is left to our lawsuit to correct this injustice. Meanwhile, the politically connected union has their full pension and 90-plus percent of their health care. You have hit upon the key question: How can our own federal government pick winners and losers amongst its own citizens?
Through two costly years of litigation and investigation, the Delphi workers have exposed how the stacked White House Auto Task Force schemed with union bosses to cherry pick (one Obama officials own words) which financial obligations the new Government Motors company would assume and which they would abandon based on their political expedience. Obamas own former auto czar Steve Rattner admitted in his recent memoir that attacking the unions sacred cow could jeopardize the auto bailout deal.
In June, 20 months after a federal judge first ordered the government to cooperate, the Delphi Salaried Retirees Association broke through the administrations information stonewall and dislodged 62,000 pages of documents in their lawsuit to right the administrations wrongs. As Matthew Boyle of The Daily Caller reported on Tuesday, the documents included internal government emails (that contradicted) sworn testimony, in federal court and before Congress, given by several Obama administration figures. They also indicate that the administration misled lawmakers and the courts and that administration figures violated federal law.
This was all scripted by Steve “the rat” Rattner the “auto czar” and his deputy Ron Bloom who came from the Steelworkers union.