September 9, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Cincinnati) expressed concerns about the proposed agreement by DHL to eliminate its North American express air cargo operations during a House Judiciary Committee hearing today on competition in the package delivery industry. Chabot, a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, took a lead roll in pressing Chairman Conyers to hold a hearing on the subject.
“I am very concerned about the impact this proposed agreement will have on the employees of DHL and their families,” Chabot stated. “The possible loss of up to 10,000 jobs and more than $250 million in salaries will also cause significant long term harm to the state and local economies.”
The committee heard testimony from a number of lawmakers and industry leaders concerned about the impact such an agreement would have on area jobs and the state's economy. Ohio Senators George Voinovich and Sherrod Brown, along with Congressman Mike Turner, who's 3rd Congressional District encompasses Wilmington Air Park, testified before the Judiciary Committee regarding the local effects of the proposed deal. Additional witnesses included Wilmington Mayor David Raizk, Captain John Prater, the President of the Airline Pilots Association International, and John Mullen the CEO of DHL Express.