Rep. Chris Collins joins auto industry pension task force, meets with Delphi retirees

Press release - Sat 2013-03-23 10:45

L-R: Congressman Chris Collins with Delphi retirees John Benoit and Rick Strusienski, and New York State Sen. George Maziarz.
L-R: Congressman Chris Collins with Delphi retirees John Benoit and Rick Strusienski, and New York State Sen. George Maziarz.

Congressman Chris Collins, NY-27, has joined the auto industry pension task force for the 113th Congress. Made up of members of the House of Representatives from both political parties, the group works to bring attention to the issues related to the termination of Delphi salaried retiree pensions.

"Delphi salaried retirees were stripped of the benefits they worked for and were promised," Collins said. "This task force will work in a bipartisan way to help advocate for these retirees and try to find a solution that restores the salaried pensions without impacting federal taxpayers."

Collins met with John Benoit and Rick Strusienski, both Delphi salaried retirees, to discuss the situation in Niagara County. The task force was founded last month and is chaired by congressmen Turner and Ryan, both of Ohio.

Bipartisan Senate Request to Treasury Secretary Lew

Stabenow (D-MI)
Brown (D-OH)
Schumer (D-NY)
Portman (R-OH)
Gillibrand (D-NY)

Senators Debbie Stabenow, Sherrod Brown, Chuck Schumer, Rob Portman, and Kirsten Gillibrand have supported Delphi salaried retirees with a letter to recently appointed Treasury Secretary Jack Lew again requesting a response to a proposal for resolution of the retirees' illegal pension cuts.  The Administration has now had the proposal under consideration for over 8 months.  Bipartisan letter to Secretary Lew

New Legislation Supports DSRA Effort


As DSRA uncovers more evidence proving that the government illegally terminated our pension plan even as the government continues its cover-up of the facts, key Members of Congress are maintaining their efforts that help our cause.  Some cannot be revealed, but one visible way is new, bipartisan legislation to make the federal government more open to taxpayers.

HR 1211 was introduced on March 15 by Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Darryl Issa (R-CA) and co-sponsored right away by the committee's Ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings (D-MD).  The bill already has passed this key committee by voice vote on March 20 -- with an important amendment introduced by Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH) that gets at the heart of our issue.  DSRA is very much appreciative of these efforts.

Rep. Darrell Issa news release

Bipartisan Push for PBGC Benefit Determinations

Turner (R-OH)
Ryan (D-OH)
Joyce (R-OH)
Stivers (R-OH)
Jordan (R-OH)
Higgins (D-NY)
Johnson (R-OH)
Bachus (R-AL)

Today a bipartisan request was submitted supporting Delphi Salaried Retirees with a letter to Mr. Josh Gotbaum, Director, PBGC, asking for an update on timing and completion of benefit determinations for the pensions that were assumed by the PBGC in 2009.  The PBGC has declined to provide this information since they assumed the Delphi salaried pensions over 3½ years ago.

Today's request was submitted by Congressmen Mike Turner, Tim Ryan, David Joyce, Steve Stivers, Jim Jordan, Brian Higgins, Bill Johnson, and Spencer Bachus.

Bipartisan letter to Mr. Gotbaum, PBGC