Coalition of Oak Ridge Retired Employees
Minutes of Board Meeting on January 21, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Oak Ridge Senior Center
Present: Cates, Mason, Peterson, Stow, Worrell, White, Bradshaw, Moore, Whitley, Morrow, Rogers, Toedte, Reichle, Emery, Angelelli (Joy), Angelelli (Tony), Hightower, Setaro, and Whitehead. Bob Sadlowe was there as a visitor.
Absent: Rupert, McGrory, Kibbe
1. Call to Order. President Hightower called the meeting to order at 10:02 am. President Hightower introduced the new Board members (Emery, Angellelli (Joy and Tony) and Setaro (Rupert was not present).
2. Approval of Minutes. A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes from December meeting. Toedte noted a needed change in the reference to past company affiliation for CORRE members and will distribute the wording for that change to Board members. The minutes were approved pending that change.
3. Treasurer’s Report. White reported that CORRE has $22,852 at the end of December 2014, with $1292 in checking; she distributed a detailed report for the month. Two new CORRE members have been signed up. A motion was made, seconded, and approved to accept the report.
4. Report on the Moniz Letter. Mason reported that he had met with Fleishman’s office and the letter had been sent from that office to Moniz. He had not heard from Corker’s office or from Alexander’s office. A question was raised as to inclusion of Duncan’s office and it was noted that his office would be included in the future as long as it was understood that Fleishman’s office was the lead contact for such communications.
5. Introduction of New Committee Chairs and CORRE Organization for 2015. Hightower distributed a listing of new Committee Chairs and CORRE Organizations for the Board: Annual Meeting (Cates), Communications (Kibbe), Nominations (Rogers), Planning (Whitehead), Contractor Contacts: ORNL (Setaro, Emery); UCOR (Morrow, Peterson); NSPS (Bradshaw, Rogers, White); Y-12 (Whitley, Moore, Mason, Worrell), CNS Benefits Survey (various), and Advisor (Worrell). The by-laws committee was not listed as there does not appear to be a need for it at the present time. Additional details for committee memberships are noted in the handout.
6. Potential CORRE Actions for 2015. There was extensive discussion regarding CORRE initiatives for 2015. The following five (5) initiatives were agreed to, made, seconded, and approved for each initiative:
Conduct a survey (similar to that done for ORNL) of those retirees affected by the recent CNS benefits changes.
Work to reduce the impact on retiree benefits of future BenVal studies (K-25, NSPS, ORNL, Y- 12) — for example, exempt retiree benefits from being included in these type studies.
Work to correct the inequities that exist among the various retiree groups represented by CORRE with regard to pension cost impact of electing the “surviving spouse” option.
Work with Y-12 (CNS management) to assist some portion of the current group of retirees who will be impacted financially by the Medicare Part D “donut hole” effect.
Work with K-25 (UCOR management) and NSPS management to help influence them to adopt the ORNL type prescription drug plan.
It was suggested that the CORRE Planning Committee (headed by Whitehead) should be involved as CORRE undertakes each initiative noted above.
7. Other Business. There was discussion of CORRE submitting a “letter to the editor” to local newspapers, dealing with the need for upgrading Oak Ridge retirees’ benefits and the role of CORRE in doing so; brief discussion of submitting an “ad” rather than a letter ensued. Hightower will draft a letter for review.
It was noted that there are still Y-12 retirees who have not been contacted for inclusion in the medical program starting January 1, 2015.
There was also discussion of CORRE membership and the fact that the fiscal status of CORRE is decreasing, with limited income each year. How to enhance CORRE membership was discussed. The brochure, currently undergoing revision, should help. Inclusion of ORAU was felt to be beneficial.
A subscription to “The Monitor” was suggested in order to enhance CORRE communications with other DOE facilities and programs. No decision on this was reached.
A “thank you” letter to Dub Shults for his tenure on the CORRE board was circulated for signatures.
8. Contractor Contacts. Contractor reports were deferred due to time constraints.
9. Committee Reports.. Committee reports were deferred due to time constraints.
10. Adjournment. President Hightower adjourned the meeting at 11:15 am.