The battle for Delphi Corp retirees to receive full benefits continues, but there is now hope that the battle will soon be over.
“We’ve worked and worked hard and we’ve played by the rules,” said Bruce Gump, who spent 33 years with Delphi Corp. worked.
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Gump is now retired and has fought for 13 years to get his full pension.
“The bottom line is that none of this was necessary.”
The battle began during the 2009 recession that led GM to file for bankruptcy.
Delphi, an auto parts supplier and subsidiary of GM, was also affected and pensions for Gump and more than 20,000 others were cut by as much as 70 percent.
Gump said the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) terminated the pensions during GM’s bankruptcy proceedings.
He said it was an unfair trial.
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“They thought we had no influence. We couldn’t fight back. We are too small and too weak,” he said.
We contacted PBGC, but the company declined to comment.
For Gump, he now has renewed confidence that he and others will get what they owe.
That’s because a bill was passed earlier this week to reinstate their benefits in the US House of Representatives.
It’s called the Susan Muffley Act.
Gump hopes the Senate will approve it by the end of the year.
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“It’s just a matter of being honest,” he said. “And it’s something we constantly expect from our government. That just didn’t happen in this case. And you know, now we have to solve it.