Turner Brings Delphi Fight to the U.S. Supreme Court
I recently filed an Amicus Brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the fight to restore the lost pensions of the Delphi Salaried Retirees. Sixteen other members of the House of Representatives signed onto this brief along with Senator Rob Portman (OH).
Since 2009, I have been fighting to help restore the pension benefits to the Delphi Salaried Retirees. Yesterday, I continued that fight by filing an Amicus Brief in the U.S. Supreme Court with the support of a bipartisan group of lawmakers. The Delphi salaried retirees deserve the full value of the retirement benefits promised to them after decades of honest work.
“In 2009, the Delphi Salaried Pension Plan was unfairly terminated. This unfair action devastated the long-term financial security of the nearly 6,000 salaried Delphi employees in Ohio, whose benefits were reduced by up to 70 percent. These employees deserve the benefits they earned,” said Senator Portman. “I urge the Supreme Court to grant certiorari and consider the Delphi salaried retirees’ petition seeking to restore their benefits,” – Senator Rob Portman (OH, R)
“For over a decade, Delphi Salaried Retirees have suffered economic hardship and stress with the fallout of a decision that stripped our workers of the benefits they earned,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “I’ve worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle since day one to right this injustice and press administration officials from both parties to get these pensions fully restored. In that same effort, I am proud to join my colleagues in filing an Amicus Brief in the U.S. Supreme Court that thoroughly details the need to deliver justice for the thousands of Ohioans who deserve the pensions they were promised.” – Representative Tim Ryan (OH-13, D)
“The Delphi salaried pensioners deserve to receive what they earned and were promised by the PBGC - anything less is absolutely unacceptable. Along with my colleagues, I will continue putting this issue at the forefront, and now we’re asking the Supreme Court to step in.” – Representative Bill Johnson (OH-6, R)
“The Delphi Salaried Retirees have waited far too long to have their benefits restored. They deserve real action, now. And the Courts should act to make their retirements whole. I have long advocated for these hardworking Delphi Salaried Retirees, and I will continue to fight to ensure they can retire with dignity,” – Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05, D)
“For too long, many Hoosiers who are salaried Delphi retirees have unjustly waited for their well-earned pensions, and I’m proud to join my colleagues in the fight to make sure that they get it.” – Representative James R. Baird (IN-4, R)
“When you earn a pension from years of hard work, you deserve to get it. What occurred to these folks was wrong and I will not stop fighting this injustice until the Delphi Salary Retirees’ pensions are restored.” – Ralph Norman (SC-05,R)
“For more than a decade, salaried Delphi pensioners have been wrongfully denied what is rightfully theirs,” said Congressman Bill Huizenga. “I hope the Supreme Court will hear this case and bring financial restitution by restoring the pension of these retirees.” – Representative Bill Huizenga (MI-2, R)
Background: In 2009, more than 20,000 Delphi Salaried Retirees lost the full value of their retirement benefits in the aftermath of the GM bailout. Since that time, I have fought for Delphi Salaried Retirees to get the answers and the equitable treatment they deserve. I have led many discussions with the past and current White House Administrations to continue the fight on behalf of our wronged retirees. In 2020, I worked with President Donald J. Trump to craft a presidential memorandum that would order the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) to explain what happened to the Delphi pensions and provide a pathway for full restoration. However, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation refused to respond to this presidential memorandum, leaving the retirees without justice and without answers. I am continuing my effort to hold the PBGC accountable and fully restore the salaried retirees’ pensions.