In another blow to compulsory unionism, emails obtained by the Daily Caller indict President Obama’s former auto czar and Department of the Treasury officials Matt Feldman and Harry Wilson had a hand in ensuring UAW union members retained their full pensions, and perhaps more, while Delphi workers who refrained from union membership lost most of what they worked for. A House of Representatives Oversight Committee Subcommittee hearing was the scene of revelations long suspected, which now will be proven.
The Caller continues:
The Treasury Department’s actions during the auto bailout caused 20,000 non-union workers from Delphi to lose most of their pensions. Delphi, a GM company, is one of the largest automotive parts manufacturers in the world. Its workers lost their pensions when the government bailed out GM.
While Feldman, Bloom and Wilson have maintained they think no preferential treatment was given to the unions during the bailout, emails The Daily Caller obtained in June 2011 show senior officials corresponding with senior GM officials on how to make certain decisions regarding who was going to win and who was going to lose.
“These individuals’ refusal to speak to SIGTARP poses a significant obstacle to SIGTARP’s ability to complete its audit and to taxpayers gaining a full understanding of the discussions and considerations involved in GM’s decision,” Romero said in her prepared congressional testimony.
During Tuesday’s hearing, though, Bloom refused to agree to answer questions Ohio Republican Rep. Mike Turner had given him at a hearing over a year ago. At a June 22, 2011 hearing, Turner handed Bloom 25 questions about his role in the bailout. Back then, Bloom said that, “absolutely,” he’d answer them. Bloom never answered Turner’s questions.
When Turner asked Bloom if he’d answer them in writing after Tuesday’s hearing, he refused. Bloom said he didn’t answer them before because he believed his August 2011 resignation meant he didn’t have to follow through on this commitment.