Purpose and Support of the Auto Industry Pension Task Force
 

The Auto Industry Pension Task Force was created in 2013 by Congressmen Mike Turner (R) and Tim Ryan (D), both from Ohio.  Since it was formed, DSRA and its members have been supportive of the Task Force; however, due to the nature and function of the Task Force there are not tangible results that DSRA members can see.

Here is a description of the Task Force functionality:

  • The Task Force was created with the primary goals of creating a centralized clearinghouse for Congressional efforts on Delphi salaried retirees' issues; establishing a bipartisan working group whose sole focus is Delphi salaried retirees' issues; providing information and outreach to Members of Congress and their staff with questions and/or interest in  Delphi salaried retirees' issues; and coordinating the overall efforts within the House of Representatives to restore Delphi salaried retirees' pensions and maintain our HCTC coverage, among other items as they arise.

  • The Task Force functions internally and informally within Congress, and it drives the legislative agenda and coordinates activities associated with Delphi salaried retirees' pension recovery and HCTC coverage:

    • Efforts of four House Committees that are investigating our pension (currently proceeding at a slow pace while awaiting SIGTARP Investigation results)

    • Hearings

    • Requests for information from Treasury, PBGC,  and other sources

    • Other intra-congressional activities in support of Delphi salaried retirees' pension recovery (briefing Members and staff to educate them on the issues, providing updates, creating opportunities for discussion and Member action items) 

  • Communications and coordination efforts are led by Andy Sigmon (Rep. Mike Turner’s staff) and Ryan Keating (Rep. Tim Ryan’s staff).

  • Internal congressional communications for all activities and plans in support of our pension are shared with all Congressional members of the Task Force (currently 19). 

Many of us are focused on specific actions and timelines from our work experience; Congress has different systems and processes that are difficult for many of us to understand.  In the view of DSRA, the Task Force was envisioned as something that helps our congressional supporters help Delphi salaried retirees.  Even though progress specifically related to our issue is not publicized or comes under the banner of a “Task Force initiative”, the DSRA is supportive of this bipartisan effort that was created by our congressional supporters to help us move closer to having our full pensions restored.

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