Congressman Michael Turner

Representing the 10th District of Ohio

Turner Urges Delphi to Reconsider Decision to Terminate Benefits for 15,000 Retirees and Employees

Mar 6, 2009
Press Release
Congressman Mike Turner (OH-03) today sent a letter to Delphi Corporation Executive Chairman Steve Miller urging him to reconsider the company’s recent proposal to eliminate the healthcare and insurance benefits of 15,000 Delphi employees, retirees, and family members.
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Congressman Mike Turner (OH-03) today sent a letter to Delphi Corporation Executive Chairman Steve Miller urging him to reconsider the company’s recent proposal to eliminate the healthcare and insurance benefits of 15,000 Delphi employees, retirees, and family members. The Dayton area is the historical home of the Delphi company and is also home to thousands of workers and families who will be affected by the decision.

“These are clearly difficult times and Delphi is obviously facing tough choices,” Rep. Turner said. “However, there must be a better way than giving 15,000 working families and retirees one month in the middle of a recession to find health care. I urge Delphi and all parties involved in the process to work together to find a better solution.”

Estimates show that the financial burden of replacing their health insurance coverage will likely cost a retiree approximately $14,000 per year. Additionally, the termination date has been set for April 1 and will not allow even those who can weather the financial burden sufficient time to replace their health coverage.

“This situation is gravely serious for thousands in our community and across the country,” Rep. Turner said. “I am hopeful that an accommodation can be reached that will allow the company to remain competitive and protect employees, retirees, and their families.”