7-10-10: Testimonies requested for Field Hearing

Testimonies are requested by the House Financial Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.

This relates to information posted on 7-2-10 and in Congressman Charlie Wilson's press release:

The following information was received from Congressman Charlie Wilson's office related to the Field Hearing in Canfield, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 13, 2010.

"Delphi Retirees and other community* members are more than welcome to submit testimony for the record.  They can do that by emailing it to the Washington office of Congressman Charlie Wilson where it will be submitted by him for the official record.  Testimony can be emailed to Anne Sokolov (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Joan Gregory (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)."

* "Community" in this instance refers to all affected Delphi salaried pension beneficiaries, or anyone who is affected in any way by this issue.

 What we need is for anyone and everyone who has feelings about how they were treated as a result of the Treasury’s involvement in the Delphi/GM bankruptcies to write it up and submit it as testimony.  “Submitting Testimony” may sound intimidating, but get the “Boston Legal” thoughts out of your mind, that is just what it is called when you submit your story to the committee.  Just write a letter to mom and tell her how you worked hard, obeyed the rules, supported the company for decades and when bad things began to happen, you were left out in the cold while others were well taken care of.

When any company uses their failure as an excuse to take more from the employees and then reward themselves with multi-million dollar bonuses, well that is just an evil thing; like being mugged in the park.  But when the mugger is the policeman you have been taught to trust, then it is much worse.  How can you trust the US Government when they can choose the winners and losers based on their politics or their “commercial value”?

Write how you feel; Betrayed?  Angry?  Frustrated?  Alone?  Robbed?  Violated?  Scared?  Stressed?  Worried?  All of the above?  You choose, then write it down and submit it to one of the addresses above.

There are few rules associated with what you can submit.  It must be of “reasonable length” (typically 1 page / 500 words or less) and you must identify yourself (name, address, phone number).  It is probably a good idea to include your position in the company and how long you worked there – “X years for GM and Y years for Delphi.”  We suggest you keep it simple and honest, and just tell the Committee what happened to you and what your future looks like because of it.  This Committee has asked for our input.  They WANT to hear from you, so this is your chance to be heard.

What this Committee can do is to facilitate mediated talks between the Treasury, the Auto Task Force, the PBGC and the DSRA.  They don't have a magic bullet, and they can't just appropriate money for us, nor can they force the Treasury or the PBGC to do anything for us.  But they can exert their influence by setting up discussions.  One thing we know for sure: until the parties begin to communicate, there will be no settlement.

Written testimonies will be accepted before the hearing, or after the hearing.  Committees generally leave the record open for at least a week after the hearing.  But don't delay, write it up and send it in by e-mail.  Please submit your testimony by Friday, July 16, 2010.

Bruce Gump for The DSRA Warren Legislative Group

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