NRLN Delphi Retirees Chapter

Welcome to Delphi Retirees Chapter - NRLN

Recently the board of directors of the Delphi Salaried Retirees Association (DSRA) sent an email to its members announcing that the National Retiree Legislative Network (NRLN) has formed a Delphi Retirees Chapter, independent of DSRA, for all Delphi retirees (salaried and hourly).

The DSRA message invited Delphi retirees to join the Chapter by signing up at https://www.nrln.org/email-sign-up, and selecting Delphi Retirees Chapter – NRLN. Delphi retirees have been signing up daily to join over 700 Delphi retirees who were already receiving NRLN’s emails and supporting its work in Washington, DC to create a better future for retirees.

The Delphi Retirees Chapter is now one of 14 NRLN Chapters. The Chapter’s webpage is at: https://www.nrln.org/nrln-delphi-retirees-chapter/. Already posted on the webpage in addition to this welcome message is the NRLN’s Action Alert requesting that members of Congress become cosponsors of H.R.6929/S.3766, the Susan Muffley Act of 2022, which would wholly restore the pensions for Delphi salaried retirees. Also posted is an article on the Delphi Retirees Chapter Members’ Corporate Linage.

The Chapter’s webpage is intended to provide information of interest to Delphi retirees. We request your comments on what you would like to see on the webpage. Send an email with your ideas to contact@nrln.org. Please provide your input on our thoughts and information for:

  1. A “tombstone” section to post recent retiree deaths.
  2. Set up “plant/divisional” sub chapters for retirees’ comments.
  3. Post plant and divisional pictures to enhance the webpage.
  4. Provide links to retirees Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

If you would like to be part of the Chapter’s leadership team, such as, vice presidents for legislative affairs, membership development, webpage editor or some other role send an email to presdelphichapter@nrln.org.

We believe you will see the value of being a Chapter member and will want to encourage Delphi retirees you know to join the Chapter. There are no Chapter membership dues. A letter will be sent to invite members to make an annual voluntary contribution of $25 or more. Contributions support the Chapter and the NRLN’s work to lobby for legislation to protect retirees’ interests.

One of the NRLN’s lobbying efforts is for the funding of Social Security and Medicare. The Social Security Trustees annual report issued last month stated, the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund will only be able to pay scheduled benefits until 2034. At that time, the funds reserves will become depleted and tax income will only be sufficient to pay 77% of the scheduled benefits. The Medicare Trustees reported, the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund (Medicare Part A) will only be able pay scheduled benefits until 2028. At that time, the fund’s reserve will become depleted and will only be sufficient to pay 90% of scheduled benefits. Medicare Part B (physician services) is adequately financed from general revenues and beneficiary premiums.

We encourage you to regularly visit your Chapter’s webpage and the entire NRLN website at www.nrln.org. One of the important navigation tabs is “Legislative Action Network” where you will find the NRLN’s 2022 Legislative Agenda, White Papers, Executive Summaries and Talking Points on our lobbying issues. Take a few minutes to watch or listen to one or more of our video/podcasts.

Together we can make the Delphi Retirees Chapter an asset for our retirement years.

Mike Husar, President
Delphi Retirees Chapter

Bill Kadereit President
National Retiree Legislative Network

Delphi Retirees Chapter Action Alert

Rectify Injustice to Delphi Salaried Retirees

Clink here to urge your Representative and Senators to rectify an injustice to Delphi salaried retirees.

https://www.nrln.org/action-alert/#/home/

When the federal government cheated Delphi salaried retirees out of their pensions, members of Congress should have taken action to rectify what happened to retirees.

Such was the case in 2009 during the auto industry meltdown when the federal government task force intervened in the bankruptcies of General Motors and Delphi, (GM’s parts-making divisions that were spun off into a separate company in 1999). The government stepped in and fully protected GM’s and the Delphi unions’ pensions, but the pension plan for Delphi salaried retirees was terminated, taken over by PBGC and 22,000 families suffered payment reductions of up to 70%.

Ironically, the Delphi salaried pension plan was well-funded and did not require termination. Subsequently, the Delphi Salaried Retirees Association (DSRA) sued, with the case ending up on appeal to the Supreme Court last year. You may recall that the NRLN filed an amicus brief, pleading that the appeal be heard. The appeal was denied so now Delphi retirees are seeking help to get Congress to take action.

To assist your fellow Delphi salaried retirees, I am asking that you send the NRLN’s Action Alert letter to your members of Congress to urge them to become a cosponsor of H.R.6929/S.3766, the Susan Muffley Act of 2022, which would wholly restore the pensions for Delphi salaried retirees. This bill would make up the difference between the pension benefits earned by Delphi salaried retirees and what they received following the GM bankruptcy in 2009.

The legislation is named after Susan Muffley who was part of the Delphi Salaried Retirees Association’s (DSRA) core leadership in the effort to restore their pensions. Her husband, David, worked at Delphi as an electronics technician for 31 years, but lost the full value of his pension in 2009. Despite health problems, Susan avoided seeing her doctor given her family’s financial constraints due to losing their pension. She was ultimately diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away on August 9, 2012.

Delphi Retirees Chapter Members’ Corporate Linage

Wikipedia serves and as an ancestry family tree for Delphi Retirees Chapter members. Their roots go back to National Cash Register Company (NCR) co-workers Charles Kettering and Edward Deeds. Working in Deeds’ barn in their spare time around 1908 they worked on developing a high-energy spark ignition system.

Formation of Delco

In 1909, Henry Leland of Cadillac ordered 5,000 ignition sets for the 1910 Cadillac and Kettering and Deeds formed the Dayton Engineering Laboratories company (Delco).

In 1911, Kettering invented and patented the first useful electric starter, adapted from a cash register motor. The starters were first installed in the 1912 Cadillacs.