Delphi Employees Testify at Dayton Hearing

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Delphi salaried retirees took another step forward in the fight to have their full pensions restored.

Four retirees and one member of the Heritage Foundation testified Monday in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee in Dayton. They appealed to Congressman Mike Turner, R-Dayton, at a hearing at Sinclair Community College, the second of such hearings since 2011.

Non-union workers were forced to accept cuts in retirement benefits in the 2009 auto industry rescue effort. During Monday’s hearing, the chairman of the subcommittee delivered some good news to the retirees.

Bruce Gump with the Delphi Salaried Retirees Association was among those that testified at the hearing.

“We hope that this will be a launching pad to pull together some of those past haring that occurred, take them back to Washington D.C. and continue to put pressure on the administration to tell the truth (about) what happened in respect to these pensions and how can we can get the monies restored,” Turner said.

Gump said he was pleased with the day’s events and was especially pleased when the chairman of the subcommittee announced that after having read the written testimonies the retirees submitted previously and hearing their testimony on Monday, he intended to go back to Washington, D.C., and pursue issuing a subpoena to the U.S. Treasury and PBGC.

Gump said his group has been trying to gain access to those documents for the  past four years. He said the documents will continue to allow the retirees to pursue the truth of what happened during the bailout. Gump said those documents will shed some light on how the Treasury and administration decided who got what in the auto bailout.

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