President Biden made commitments to Delphi Salaried Retirees

     Updated Wednesday 20 January 2021 15:00
In two recent instances President Biden made commitments on Delphi salaried pensions – during his campaign he told a TV reporter he told a TV reporter (video) on September 30 "I am going to do everything I can to figure out how they [Delphi salaried retirees] can be brought [into legislation].  Look, people worked like hell for their pensions.  My dad lost a pension when a company he worked for went out.  It’s not right ... they deserve their pension."  Then, in response to President Trump's October 22 memorandum, the Biden Campaign issued a statement that included: "As President, Biden will take action to help Delphi retirees."
In his Inaugural Address on January 20, 2021, President Biden said "Look, I understand that many of my fellow Americans view the future with fear and trepidation. I understand they worry about their jobs. I understand like my dad, they lay in bed wondering, can I keep my health care, can I pay my mortgage. Thinking about their families, about what comes next. I promise you, I get it."
The DSRA looks forward to continuing its dialog with the White House based on the presidential memorandum that was signed under the previous administration, directing the PBGC to review the Delphi Salaried Retirees pension plan.

Summary of DSRA’s Litigation Against the PBGC

     Updated Sunday, 28 February 2021
      In September 2009, the DSRA sued the PBGC in Federal District Court in Detroit to challenge the PBGC’s then-recent termination of the Delphi Salaried Pension Plan.  The PBGC terminated the plan by simple agreement with Delphi, rather than through a court adjudication as required by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
      In its lawsuit, the DSRA asserted that the termination: (1) violated ERISA and constitutional due process because it was accomplished without a court adjudication; and (2) is substantively insupportable because the PBGC had not satisfied the criteria for terminations that ERISA establishes, and instead ordered the Plan terminated to comply with the preference of then-President Obama's ad hoc Auto Task Force created under the U.S. Treasury Department.  For relief, the DSRA requested that the retirees be put in the position we would have been in had the termination not occurred, so that, at a minimum, the PBGC would now run the Plan and pay benefits as if the Plan had never been terminated.
      The DSRA tried for nearly a decade to just get facts from the government during the discovery phase of the lawsuit.  The process was fraught with delays caused by the PBGC and U.S. Treasury that very nearly resulted in both being sanctioned.  In March of 2019, the federal court in Detroit granted summary judgment to the PBGC, dismissing the DSRA’s claims.  The DSRA then appealed to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  On September 1, 2020, a three-judge panel upheld the District Court ruling.
      As DSRA continues to believe the PBGC’s actions were unlawful, we filed with the Court of Appeals on October 15 a petition for rehearing on several legal issues.  On November 11, the PBGC filed its Response, in opposition.  Then, the three Appellate judges who ruled against us reaffirmed their earlier ruling on December 28, but the court then invited DSRA to submit a Supplemental Memorandum of Law by January 12, 2021. The court then directed the PBGC to provide a response, which it filed on January 28.  On February 25, the Court denied our petition for a rehearing en banc.  The DSRA Board is now consulting with our attorneys on next steps.

U.S. Treasury Ordered to Provide Documents

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  On October 15, 2018, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan Ordered U.S. Treasury to produce by October 24, 2018, at 12:00 PM, all but one of the remaining documents related to the Delphi salaried retirees' case for restoration of their pensions.  Each document to be provided with a justification sheet explaining why the document does not contain evidence that may be reasonably relevant to the claims in this case. 
U.S. Treasury has repeatedly taken action in court to avoid compliance with the Judge's previous Order and avoid production of these documents.

Motions for Summary Judgment filed September 21, 2018

Case No. 2:09-cv-13616, Dennis Black, et al., Plaintiffs,
v. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Defendant:


Updated 11/20/2018
As directed from the Status Conference held Tuesday, June 5, 2018, and delayed one week by agreement, Motions for Summary Judgment have been filed by both parties on Friday, September 21, 2018.  Opposition filings were submitted October 19, and Replies were submitted by both parties on November 16, 2018.
Additionally, Judge Tarnow has now scheduled a Hearing to be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 2:30 PM in Detroit.