Ohio Lamakers Want Decision On Delphi Pensions

A closed Delphi plant. The auto parts manufacturer also closed a west side Columbus plant but workers await word on pension benefits.(Photo: Flickr)
A closed Delphi plant. The auto parts manufacturer also closed a west side Columbus plant but workers await word on pension benefits.(Photo: Flickr)

Ohio lawmakers are pushing U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to speed up the timetable for determining whether to restore the full pensions of about 20,000 Delphi salaried retirees.

In a letter to Perez on Tuesday, a contingent of Democrats led by Sen. Sherrod Brown called on the secretary to help accelerate the process of making a final determination for the Delphi retirees, including about 5,000 Ohioans. Delphi operated a parts manufacturing plant in West Columbus. The plant was closed and the property now houses the Hollywood Casino Columbus.

Salaried employees who retired from the auto parts maker lost most of their pensions when the government bailed out General Motors. They’ve been waiting nearly five years for a decision from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation about whether to restore those benefits in line with Delphi’s union retirees.

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