Auto Industry Pension Task Force

Statement by

Den Black, chairman, Delphi Salaried Retirees Association,

responding to the creation of the

Auto Industry Pension Task Force

By Congressmen Mike Turner (OH-10) and Tim Ryan (OH-13)

“We are deeply pleased and grateful to Congressmen Turner and Ryan for founding the Auto Industry Pension Task Force.  We have fought for more than three years to regain our earned pensions, and all the economic improvements they would bring to our families and communities.  We look forward to the support the Task Force will bring to bear on our issue and we especially look forward to finally achieving a fair and equitable resolution to our issues.

As Congressman Ryan pointed out, ‘The work of the Task Force will be  to build a coalition members  that will help ensure that the Delphi retirees can continue their retirement knowing that they will have the benefits promised to them while they were working.’  We are indeed anxious for that to occur soon with the tenacious support of the Task Force.

To date, the Delphi salaried retirees and several Congressional Committees have demanded access to records held by the U.S. Treasury that will reveal the decisions made that resulted in the salaried retirees losing up to 70 percent of their pensions while members of the politically supportive major unions saw their pensions topped up with the use of as much as $29 billion taxpayer-provided funds.  So far the Treasury has refused to provide those records and has moved in court to prevent them from being revealed.  As to a House Ways and Means Committee demand to be permitted access to these documents, the Administration has threatened to use executive privilege to keep the records secret, even though the request concerns a pension issue, not national security.”

Rep Kathy Hochul Demands Documents from Treasury Secretary Geithner

Kathy Hochul Tim Geithner

Congresswoman Kathy Hochul (NY) supported Delphi salaried retirees again with another demand to Treasury Secretary Geithner:

"I urge you to comply with requests for full disclosure of records related to these benefits. Three years later, questions persist surrounding decisions that resulted in the termination of pensions for Delphi salaried retirees. In the interest of restoring faith and confidence in our government, I implore you to make public all documentation regarding the treatment of pensions for these workers."

Rep. Hochul letter

Boehner Column: President Obama Owes Ohioans Answers on the Delphi Pensions Scandal

Speaker Boehner

Speaker John Boehner | Weekly Column | 2012-11-01

“President Obama has spent a lot of time in our state lately talking about the taxpayer-funded corporate bailout of General Motors and Chrysler implemented by his administration. But there’s one part of the bailout he refuses to talk about: the Delphi pension scandal, in which thousands of non-union retirees saw their retirement savings slashed, while the president’s union allies were protected.  ~  “The Delphi pension scandal underscores the danger of government bureaucrats picking winners and losers in the private sector."  Read more… Speaker John Boehner Weekly Column

President Obama, Please Give Delphi Workers a Fair Shake

Weekly Column from U.S. Senator Rob Portman (OH)

Every American is supposed to get a fair shake from the federal government. The government works for us, after all. Every citizen should be treated fairly without regard to associations, connections, status or political party. ~ Sadly, however, the shadow of unfair treatment hangs over what happened to the hard-working salaried retirees of the auto parts company Delphi as part of the bailout of its former parent General Motors. And the White House is doing nothing to help, not even letting them know what really happened -- and why.  Sen. Rob Portman's weekly column