Coalition of Oak Ridge Retired Employees
Minutes of Board Meeting on September 17, 2014, 10:00 a.m., Oak Ridge Senior Center
Present: Cates (Steve), Cates (Shirley) Hightower, Kibbe, Mason, McGrory, Morrow, Peterson, Reichle, Rogers, Setaro, Shults, Stow, Toedte, Worrell, Whitley, Whitehead, Luther Gibson (visitor)
Absent: Bradshaw, Moore, Napier, White, Willard
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 August 20 meeting. A motion was made, seconded, and passed to approve the minutes, as distributed.
3. Treasurer’s Report. Mason noted that there is no Treasurer’s Report, as White was not present. However, White had sent them earlier to Board members via email.
4. Contractor Contacts.
a. URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) (Pete Peterson/Dwight Morrow). Peterson and Morrow reported that changes in the UCOR benefits will be discussed at a meeting October 2 and that they will start in November for retirees over 65.
b. National Strategic Protective Services (NSPS) (Mike Bradshaw/Jim Rogers). Rogers reported that they are getting price quotes for the NSPS portion of the revision of the CORRE brochure.
c. Y-12 (Gary Whitley). Whitley reported that benefits will be changed for retirees over 65 now that a new contractor is at Y-12; Y-12 will go to an “exchange” type program, somewhat similar to that at ORNL. Y-12 benefits management is not yet ready to discuss changes for retirees under 65. Initial information indicates plans to have an $1800 annual contribution (50-50 split) as part of the exchange approach; this information will be sent to Y-12 retirees by letter It was noted that this split is more beneficial than that at ORNL, and there was discussion of using this differential to the benefit of ORNL retirees. This change at Y-12 (which does not Include Pantex) was seen as an opportunity for CORRE to take a leadership position in discussing Y- 12 and ORNL benefits changes.
d. ORNL (Dub Shults/Mike Willard). No report.
5. Committee Reports.
a. Communications (Judy Kibbe). Kibbe noted several recent contacts (letter/email., phone) she had received from retirees suggesting that some are not aware of which company they retired from; concern about a phone call from Express Scripts seeking personal information; and a suggestion that the contractors staff “benefits information tables” at the annual CORRE meeting in October. This latter suggestion was felt to be beneficial and the CORRE contractors’ contacts were asked by Mason to look into making this happen.
b. Website (Dub Shults/Ross Toedte). No report.
c. Planning (Gary Whitley). No report.
d. Health Insurance Issues (Steve Cates). No report.
e. Nominations (Mike Bradshaw). No report.
f. Annual Meeting Planning (Steve Cates). Steve Cates reviewed various aspects of the upcoming annual meeting and called for a meeting of certain individuals after the Board meeting. There was discussion of recognition of “VIPs” who will be at the annual meeting and updating of email addresses for attendees. A sign-up list was circulated.
g. Bylaws Review (Joe McGrory). McGrory reviewed changes he was recommending for the CORRE bylaws. The Board is enlarged to 22 members, and among the three possible Vice-Presidents, one must have agreed to serving as President. There were other minor suggested changes. A motion was made, seconded, and passed to accept the bylaws revisions.
6. 6. Other Business.. Mason noted the passing of Troy Trotter, an early founding member of CORRE. He also reminded CORRE Board members of the upcoming CORRE Annual meeting.
7. Adjournment. Mason adjourned meeting at 11:17.
Steve Stow, CORRE Secretary