Coalition of Oak Ridge Retired Employees
Minutes of Board Meeting on May 21, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Oak Ridge Senior Center
Present: Mike Bradshaw, Shirley Cates, Steve Cates, Luther Gibson (visitor), Bob Hightower, Dave Mason, Joe McGrory, Ken Moore, Dwight Morrow, Pete Peterson, Dave Reichle, Jim Rogers, Mary Helen Rose, Dub Shults, Ross Toedte, Dave Whitehead, Garry Whitley, Bob Worrell.
Absent: Judy Kibbe, Steve Stow, Mary Jane White, Mike Willard.
1. Call to Order. President Dave Mason called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.
2. Approval of Minutes. Minutes of the April 16 Board meeting were approved as written.
3. Treasurer’s Report. Mary Helen Rose highlighted the report, copies of which had been distributed. There was one new Contributing Member in April. The balance on hand at end of April was $23,744.42, with 3,561 Contributing Members. (6 new members have joined in May.)
4. Discussion of BenVal Reports (Bob Worrell). As had been earlier requested by Dave Mason, Worrell provided general information about Benefit Evaluation (BenVal) reports that are required by DOE every two years or when there is a contractor change. He said the program was well established before he retired in 1997, so it has been around a long time. DOE requires that their benefits program costs be compared with those of at least 15 competitive companies. After these evaluations, there have to be changes made to bring benefit costs down to no higher than 105% of those of competitors.
5. Contractor Contacts.
a. URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) (Pete Peterson/Dwight Morrow). Morrow reported earlier that notices have been sent to grandfathered retirees informing them that they need to select Life Insurance and 401(k) Plan beneficiaries, as that information was not transferred from former administrators of the plans.
Pete Peterson reported that he, Dwight Morrow, Dave Mason, John Stewart, and Teresa Riggs met recently with UCOR’s Dom Sansotto, Dana Sauls, and Amanda Wampler to discuss their plan to lower costs of benefits at UCOR to meet BenVal guidelines. Their plan has not as yet been approved by DOE.
b. National Strategic Protective Services (NSPS) (Mike Bradshaw/Jim Rogers). Jim Rogers reported that he, Mike Bradshaw, and Dave Mason met on April 30 with representatives of NSPS. He said NSPS is willing to include CORRE information in their periodic mailings (they do not issue newsletters as such).
c. Y-12 (Bob Worrell/Ken Moore). Ken Moore reported that he and Worrell met recently with a Y-12 staff person and talked about the recent BenVal report, which reported costs at 119% of those of competitors as compared with the target of 105%. Worrell said there will have to be corrections made to lower Y-12 benefit costs, and he assumed they will go with something similar to what ORNL did.
d. ORNL (Dub Shults/Mike Willard). Shults has talked to Mark Keck once, but it had to do with a specific retiree’s issue and did not pertain to CORRE. Dave Mason said he was called by Mark Keck and asked to get with them to hear information about the relocation of Benefits offices. Mason said that Extend has been purchased by another company, OneExchange.
Shults said he recently was called by Helen Hardin of Congressman Fleischman’s office in the evening, and provided to her additional information on our 2% Spouse Option request, for their use the next day in a meeting at DOE Headquarters in Washington.
6. Committee Reports.
a. Communications (Judy Kibbe). In Kibbe’s absence, Dave Mason reported that Sherry Fritts sent Kibbe word that 60 retirees signed up for the YES program after CORRE’s message to their email distribution. (Mason said there is some indication that 6 new members recently joined CORRE as a result of a communication about CORRE to members of YES.)
b. Website (Dub Shults/Ross Toedte). Shults reported that the website has been essentially re-structured, but is still a work in progress. He asked Board members to provide him with some needed information on contacts.
c. Planning (Garry Whitley). Whitley reported on his conversation with a retired DOE official since our last meeting. There was discussion about options for pursuing our request for the 2% Spouse Option, and it was generally agreed that our best chance of achieving our request is through Congressman Fleischman’s office.
d. Health Insurance Issues (Steve Cates). Nothing to report. Dub Shults asked Cates to call and find out the status of the law suit which retirees from LLL were pursuing.
e. Nominations (Mike Bradshaw). Bradshaw stated the Committee will meet again following the Board meeting today. He said we need more suggestions for possible nominees.
f. Annual Meeting Planning (Steve Cates). Cates reported that the October 20 date has been confirmed with Heritage Fellowship with a check for $350, which Cates took to the church, along with the completed reservation form.
7. Other Business.
a. Bylaws Review (Joe McGrory). Joe McGrory stated that he and Pete Peterson have been looking at the Bylaws and will have a report at the next Board meeting.
8. Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 11:07 a.m..
Mary Helen Rose, CORRE Secretary