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Brown, Turner running out of time to secure Senate bill to restore pensions for Delphi retirees

DAYTON — Time is running out for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, (R-Dayton), to get a law passed this year to restore pensions for Delphi retirees.

At least 20,000 workers lost their retirement benefits in the General Motors bailout in 2009.

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Approximately 2,000 of those workers are in the Dayton area.

The Delphi Salaried Retirees group has been trying for 13 years to get their benefits restored.

Thursday, Brown told News Center 7, “the second step is to work with Delphi management.

“These are not rich executives,” the Democrat from Ohio said. “These are middle class workers. Office workers. Supervisory workers, who paid into this pension system. Congress needs to act.”

The law Brown and Turner are working to get Congress to pass is the Susan Muffley Act of 2022, which the Senate received July 28. There has been one roll call vote on the legislation since that time, according to congress.gov.

Sen. Rob Portman, (R-Ohio), is a cosponsor of the bill.

The House voted 254-175 on July 27 to pass the bill, which would “restore the full vested monthly benefits for eligible participants or certain pension plans that were sponsored by Delphi Corporation” and terminated as a result of the GM bankruptcy.