Coalition of Oak Ridge Retired Employees
Minutes of Board Meeting on December 17, 2014, 10:00 a.m., Oak Ridge Senior Center
Present: Cates (Steve), Cates (Shirley), Kibbe, Mason, McGroy, Shults, Stow, Worrell, White, Setaro, Bradshaw, Moore, Whitley, Morrow, Rogers, Toedte, and Whitehead. Luther Clements and Tom Conley were there as visitors.
Absent: Reichle, Hightower, Willard, and Peterson
1. Call to Order. President Dave Mason called the meeting to order at 10:02 a.m.
2. Approval of Minutes. Approval of Minutes from November meeting. A motion was made, seconded, and passed to approve the minutes, as distributed.
3. Treasurer’s Report. White distributed the latest Treasurer’s Report showing a total of $22,732.37 cash on hand. She noted that there were 15 new CORRE members registered over the last month. It was suggested that new CORRE members’ former plant affiliations be noted in the future on CORRE web pages listing contributors.
4. Contractor Contacts.
a. URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR). Morrow stated that it may be possible for retirees (under 65 and over 65) who may be enrolled in other insurance programs (e.g. not Aetna) during future Open Enrollments to get into the new marketplace program and to receive stipends that are scheduled for 2016. There are no guarantees, however, because the UCOR Health Care Exchange options and stipend process for 2016 remain under development.
b. National Strategic Protective Services (NSPS). Bradshaw reported on a recent meeting with NSPS staff, noting that there is little to report. There was brief discussion of comparison of benefits with other DOE facilities. Subsequent to the meeting, NSPS gave CORRE a copy of the Ben Val Handbook.
c. Y-12. Worrell opened this discussion noting that Y-12 (CNS) benefits staff are attempting to contact Y-12 retirees regarding the pending change in the benefits program on January 1. Many are yet to be contacted and asked to make a choice as to which benefits program they wish to enroll in; contact information of over 500 retirees is unknown. It was acknowledged that a pending problem has been created as there appears to be insufficient time to get all enrolled by January 1. A long discussion centered on what CORRE should do to help avert this problem. An extension of the deadline (by one month?) was supported by the Board. It was also felt that Y-12 retirees have not been given correct information regarding this pending change in benefits. In order to help alleviate the situation Mason is to contact appropriate representatives at the Y-12 contractor office.
d. ORNL. Shults commented that the ORNL pension plan is currently funded at 96.3%.
5. Committee Reports.. Committee reports were deferred due to time constraints.
6. Other Business. Kibbe noted the recent coverage of CORRE in the ORNL Reporter. She also mentioned that she is updating the 2009 CORRE brochure and needs suggestions regarding accomplishments by CORRE since 2009.
7. Adjournment. President Mason adjourned the meeting at 11:15.