The Wilmington Economic Task Force at its meeting Tuesday discussed issues and next steps connected with recent congressional hearings concerning the planned deal between DHL and United Parcel Service (UPS).
Testifying before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Sept. 9 were several task force members including U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and Wilmington Mayor David Raizk. They alleged the business arrangement contemplated in the proposed pact would violate U.S. antitrust law, would create undue harm to consumers in the air shipping industry by inhibiting competition, and would result in an unnecessary loss of jobs and uproot or otherwise hurt thousands of families.
Then, on Sept. 16 the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee held a similar hearing. Once again, several task force members including Brown, Turner, Fisher (who was pinch-hitting for the governor), Raizk, ABX Air CEO Joe Hete plus Teamsters Local 1224 President and ABX Air pilot David Ross testified they cannot see how DHL can claim to have fully explored all alternatives to the deal with UPS.
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