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May 24, 2005

Online Congressional Hearing on Airline Pension Debacle

Here's a great idea from the Democrats in Congress-- hold hearings that invite testimony online.

Democrats on the House Education and the Workforce Committee are looking into the United Airlines pension plan bailour and giving workers a chance to speak out:

“Because United is using the bankruptcy courts and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation to back out of its pension agreements, United employees and retirees are being tossed into retirement without a parachute,” said Schakowsky, who represents thousands of United flight attendants and machinists in her district. “The goal of this online hearing is to provide a voice to those who will otherwise not have a chance to be heard in the Congress under the current Republican leadership."
This online hearings approach is an endrun around the GOP leadership which refuses to hold official hearings on most key issues.

Posted by Nathan at May 24, 2005 12:18 PM