The Autoworkers Obama Left Behind


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These forgotten nonunion pensioners (who worked for the Delphi/GM auto parts company) lost all of their health and life insurance benefits. Hailing from the economically devastated Rust Belt — northeast Ohio, Michigan and neighboring states — the Delphi workers had devoted decades of their lives as secretaries, technicians, engineers and sales employees.

Some have watched up to 70 percent of their pensions vanish. They’ve banded together to seek justice in court and on Capitol Hill under the banner of the Delphi Salaried Retiree Association.

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 official’s own words) which financial obligations the new Government Motors company would assume and which they would abandon based on their political expedience. Obama’s own former auto czar Steve Rattner admitted in his recent memoir that “attacking the union’s sacred cow” could “jeopardize” the auto bailout deal.

Ohio Republican Rep. Michael Turner last month called attention to the glaring conflicts of interest that entangled Obama moneyman Tim Geithner’s multiple meddling roles in screwing over the Delphi workers. Geithner served simultaneously as co-chair of the Auto Task Force, board member of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (the federal agency overseeing pension payments to bankrupt companies) and Treasury Secretary. The General Accounting Office raised eyebrows at Geithner’s “multiple roles” in the deal-making.

Thanks to a separate Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, we already know that Geithner’s department and General Motors closely coordinated their PR strategy and collaborated on making fraudulent claims about GM repaying all of its government loans. The cash-strapped Delphi retirees are suing the transparency-ducking PBGC in federal court to unearth documents that may yield key details of the improper Obama administration influence over Delphi’s bankruptcy organization.

As ebullient UAW officials hooted and hollered on Tuesday, Obama smugly attacked Republicans for “anti-worker policies” and their “same old you’re-on-your-own philosophy.” The Delphi workers know better: One union’s government-subsidized, government-manipulated “success story” is the rest of the workforce’s nightmare.

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  • truebearing

    Obama and his minions have carried out mini-coups throughout the government and economy, and the first substantial fascist power grab was GM. Hopefully the full story of the impeachable offense committed by Obama against the non-union GM workers, bond holders, and dealers, will be revealed well before the election. Unfortunately, it will be immediately entombed in the Marxist media's overstuffed mausoleum for Obama exposes. Maybe a major lawsuit will force attention on the sordid affair.

  • Amused

    MAKE-UP YOUR MIND MALKIN …..you've spent the last few yearsd berating UNIONS , their WAGES , their benefits , their retiree PENSIONS , and most ofd all the BAILOUT of the Automakers .
    NOW that the BIG THREE are HIRING , exceeding production quotas , contemplating reopening new plants , opening again double shifts , truck sales soaring again , your BERATING AND WHINING AGAIN …like most phony Repo/cons . Both the phony CANDIDATES Republicans put up Romney and Santorum , were AGAINST the bailout .
    So here comes Malkin ……looking for new victims .The fact that Government loans WILL BE PAID BACK , gets you pissed .Detroit coming back -gets you pissed , out comes the Repo.con mantra of "marxist plots " ., and the market hitting 13 must realy have you pissed .!The FACT that Republican from the very day Obama got elected sought to " see him fail " just as your cheerleader Limbaugh spouted , no matter what the cost tyo the country or your fellow countrymen .HYPOCRITE !

    • http://RussP.us Russ P.

      Are they going to pay back the (former) bondholders too? Or are the bondholders just plain ripped off?

      I don't have time to check your rosy claims, but you can count me in the (extremely) skeptical camp.

      What people like you fail to comprehend is that, had the auto companies gone into proper bankruptcy, they could have been bought and restructured under new management. Had that happened the way it should have according to law, they might be stronger than they are now.

      Oh, by the way, how much did you pay the last time you filled your tank? That should be good for the auto industry, eh?

    • truebearing

      Bemused, you're ranting incoherently, yet again. before you make an even bigger fool of yourself, if that's possible, go back and read the article again. Maybe you'll understand it with repeated readings…..it's possible.

  • Amused

    YOU PEOPLE TRULY DO NOT DESERVE TO WIN ANY ELECTION ,AND HAVE NO BUISINESS GOVERNING ….Until you figure out whether you're for YOUR PARTY / OR // YOUR COUNTRY .

    • http://RussP.us Russ P.

      By "YOU PEOPLE," I assume you're referring to the Democrats.

  • kafir4life

    When health care rationing comes, and it will under obamacare, expect him to grant "front of the line" status to union members. It's the only way to increase union membership in this country and it's right in line with most unions……"JOIN US OR DIE"

  • Amused

    Save your "kill grandma " mantra , you're just as befuddled and confused as Malkin . First she was on the anti-union soap box ,can';t find anything there , hows about a faux,B.S. story about suppliers .
    You peope take the cake …in banality and hy[pocrisy . "front of the line status " ….?? Go get a room with Malkin , MORON .

  • Amused

    With healthcare costs for an average family of FOUR being anywhere between $1500 to $ 3000 a month , you better come up with something better than scare-tactic trash like this , but that's all you repocons have been spewing from the getgo .So far thaty's all Ive heard from Republicans , no solutions , just B.S.

  • steve

    Those of you condemning Ms Malkin demonstrate you are part of the mindless left who can't think for yourselves. I know this article may be beyond your ability to critically think but I will try to help you understand. The autoworkers who received the short end negotiated for their retirement, insurance, etc… just as the union workers did. The difference is they are American workers loyal to their employer and were not part of a collective bargaining entity such as a union. Since they were not part of a union and did not contribute to Obama as a collective (as the unions did) they were punished. If Obama were interested in the American worker he would have looked out for all their welfare instead of just union members. If you cannot see and understand he is not interested in the American worker. he is only interested in protecting his donor base so he can get reelected. For those of you who voted for Obama to show you are not prejudice, then you must vote against him to prove you are not an idiot!

    • Amused

      I don't need to condemn Malkin , her own mouth does .Speaking of Idiots , you've got TWO – Romney and Santorum ,and you have NO CHOICE but to prove you are an IDIOT , and vote for one . LOL….good luck with that chump .

  • pagegl

    If anyone has any doubts about Obama and his administration's attempt to kill off non-union jobs take a look at what is happening to Gibson Guitars.

  • Amused

    That's just bad legislation from the 90's . How in hell do you construe that to be an attack on non-union jobs ? What about the union truckers who ship to the end user ? And everyone in between ?
    You're all wet pagegl . Are you attempting a game of turnaround , in that it is the conservative right , that without apology has GONE AFTER UNION WORKERS ?
    Anyone who's ACTUALLY WORKED FOR A LIVING KNOWS , the very term and practice called right to work is simply union busting legislated into law , buy the bribes big buisiness lobbies slip to the lawmakers .Koch Bros.& Walker already proved that .