The group, undaunted by heat, held signs that said "Fund our pension 100 percent" and "It's time for criminal charges." Slater said she could relate to the loss of a promised pension plan. She said her husband worked for General Motors Co. for 28 years and when he left after a layoff, his pension was reduced by more than 75%. "You do your planning, you live life and follow the rules," she said. "Then you get up one day and your pension's not there. It's not your fault."
"We've been working hard," said one picketing retiree to Slater, "and we needed a little bit of hope. You gave it to us."
"Just her being here speaks volumes," another retiree said. "Any exposure we can get is nice."
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