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Time to save part of our Valley



Published: Mon, September 3, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Time to save part of our Valley

I recall the days of the Save Our Valley Campaign to bring the Cobalt to Lordstown. We signed petitions, wrote letters, and rallied to “bring it home.”

Fast forward to today. As a Delphi salaried retiree, the Labor Day celebration is one that we, and the other 94 percent of workers not in unions, will be sadly forgotten. Yet, before a plant has anything to build, thousands of hours by engineers, accountants, technicians and a vast network of support has already been choreographed and in motion but their contribution is down played and even treated with contempt by the Obama administration. They’ve allowed no transparency into their use of tax funds in the GM bailout and won’t explain how a pension funded to required levels came to be terminated.

Effects are $200 million locally and evaporation of 1,700 downstream jobs, putting many retirees at or below the poverty line. Isn’t this worth a ‘Save our Valley?’ Yet VP Biden says the retirees “Did Just Fine.” Well, it ain’t so, Joe. The president said his campaign is “Still about Hope.” Hope doesn’t pay the bills. As I see it, it’s about divisiveness and politics at its worst. I expected better from this president.

Mary Ann Hudzik, Warren


Comments

1Delphisalariedretirees(76 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Valley voters , their family, friends, and neighbors can show their support of the Delphi Salaried Retirees by signing their nationwide online petition at:

http://www.delphipetition.com/

Remember voters, if this is allowed to happen to the Delphi retirees, it can happen to you. Don't allow this injustice to continue, voters!

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2chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Signed the petition. Good luck to all the Delphi salaried employees. Are you supporting Ryan or Agana? Has former Mayor Williams helped you at all?

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3Delphisalariedretirees(76 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

We support the politicians who do the right thing, which is what our issue is about. Ex-Mayor Williams did NOTHING to help us. Please pass the petition on to all you can. With the help of the Valley, we will prevail.

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4classics(53 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

This is really a no brainer. DSRA says they have put forth suggestions to fix this without further burdening the taxpayer so what is going on here? Why won't this Administration discuss with them?
Just get it flippin done. The Valley needs any and all help.

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5300(561 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Just another case of a group of people who looked down upon the "unionized" worker, but then woke up to reality that they were never considered part of the executive class. Now they want to taxpayer to make up for their poor decision not to unionize.

My advice, don't pretend to be part of a group of people unless you're positive that you really are a part of them. You people weren't executives, you were salaried WORKERS, you should've unionized because none of you had the power to demand anything on your own. You pretended that you were better than those blue-collar slobs of the unions, but you've know been shown to be dumber than they were since you never pooled your resources to demand equal treatment.

So, who's laughing now? The blue-collar worker still has his most of his pension, while the low-level salaried worker has lost most of his.

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6zevon2(1 comment)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Once again well stated MA I remember standing side by side Unions members and salaried members with the enough is enough T-Shirts we were standing side by side to help each other get fair and equal treatment. I am very happy for the union members. Mr. President and Vice President you forgot the BACKS of the Delphi Salaried Retirees (many who where downsize because their jobs were sent to other countries) there is still time to correct this oversight and be heros to the middle class.

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7classics(53 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

300, you aren't exactly making the tax payer feel real happy here. We get stuck with funding your whole pension just because you were in a union. Who cares? So it's a poor decision for the taxpayer to fund the Salaried pension but you should get special treatment. The point here is the Government had no business using taxes to benefit some & not others. If there was a pot of money, everyone deserved be treated equally. Guess you missed the part about Salaried fund being well funded too. Where'd their money go? People like you help perpetuate this hate and division. Didn't you read it would help the community and these folks all helped to get the Cobalt here too? Or is help only recognized when your are the recipient.?

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8commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Just another case of "pitting" one class against another. That's what you do when you don't have solutions.
300, does it make you proud that people have lost their benefits because they were doing their jobs and didn't belong to a union.
What about all of the dealerships that were closed? Oh yeah, they didn't belong to a union either so that was OK.

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9classics(53 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Hey 300, didn't you read that the vast majority of workers don't belong to unions? So they should be treated differently by their own government ? How insulting.

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10classics(53 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

commencitizen, exactly right. Look at all the dealerships and their employees. These were hard working non union people. So I guess their 'labor' contribution is irrelevant to 300 and others like him. How sad. No one says joining or forming a union is bad, but it should not buy you special treatment by politicians in using the public's money for political gain..

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11busyman(239 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

It is time for all Delphi Salary retires to not purchase anymore GM Products. It is the only way to make them realized that they have hurt their former dedicated employes. The are doing the same to GM Salary Retires now. They have sold off their pensions to an insurance company. They are also talking about going after the UAW retires for their pension. They do not want to honor any legacy cost going forward. It will not matter if you were salary or union, they are coming to get you.

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12300(561 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm not UAW, in fact I've never been in union. Unions don't really apply to the industry I've worked in.

Classics, the fact that the vast majority of people don't belong to a union is more stupidity on their part than it is a question of fairness. People like to free-ride, the don't see the point in paying union dues, they think they're far more powerful and in demand than what they really are. I'd suggest joining, or forming, a union for anyone who does a job that more than a hundred or so others in their region could also do.

Unions speak with a large voice, therefore they get heard. Just like the CEOs are able to have their voices heard, the unions represent the workers. Unless you're an executive at your place of work, then don't think for a second that your voice will be heard without a union representing all involved.

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13Delphisalariedretirees(76 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Valley voters, their family, friends, and neighbors can show their support of the Delphi Salaried Retirees by signing their nationwide online petition at:

http://www.delphipetition.com/

Remember voters, if this is allowed to happen to the Delphi retirees, it can happen to you. Don't allow this injustice to continue, voters!

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14classics(53 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

300, u r still missing the pt. Being in a union, or any other group, should not gain u something from your gov that others who aree NOT in that group can gain. We do have a Constitution. U didn't answer to some of my points. So u feel it is ok for your taxes to pay for the pensions of some of these folks and not others? And u r ok that the gov will not tell these folks why their pensions were taken from them? Not everyone can join a union. Sometimes it's just not practical or possible. Please think about what u r saying.

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15classics(53 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

correction; . . . should not gain u something that others who are NOT in that group can't gain.

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16classics(53 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Education Voter, If u have kept up with this, u would know that the final and approved 'screwing' came via the President's Auto Task Force and they quickly moved to terminate the salaried plan unnecessarily. Your defense of such treatment is not an 'educated' one. If u think contracts mean something in bankruptcy, tallk to the guys at RG steel.

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17Delphisalariedretirees(76 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Voters - Join the fight to force President Obama to end the government's unequal treatment of the Delphi salaried.

Sign the petition below and forward it on to your family, friends, and Valley residents. We have ALL suffered because of Barack Obama's inaction.

http://www.delphipetition.com/

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18southsidedave(4784 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Politicians only care about they they will get elected or re-elected...anyone who believes otherwise is not being honest about American politics.

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