General Membership (GMM) & Board Meeting– Sept 18th, 2019
Here is the Video & the Agenda for the General Membership Meeting (GMM) & Board Meeting— Have to go to Facebook, for now, for Video–Technical Issues on this Website right now–
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General Membership Meeting–April 4, 2019–On Facebook Live Chat
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Fall Meeting with GE Global/HR –October 25, 2018
What Topics/Issues/Concerns Would You Like to See Addressed?
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John Phelps–the “little” head in the back row–5th in from the left; Melody Jackson is in the 1st row, first person on the left.
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“We (ALL of us–Members & Officers/Board) Work TOGETHER to PROTECT Your EARNED Benefits–
Corporate Healthcare, Corporate Pensions, Social Security, & Medicare!”
General Membership Meeting–Thurday, August 30, 2018, 11:00 AM
Video/Audio Recording of the Meeting
General Membership Meeting–Feb. 22, 2018–11:00 AM–
Video Recording of the Meeting
Agenda for Feb-22-2018 General Membership Meetings <–Click here to see/read the Agenda for the meeting
The Video Recording for the Feb. 22, 2018– 6:00 PM Meeting–
Any of These Officers or Committee Members of RAGEHCC Will Help You–
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John Phelps—President; Committee Chair–Strategies & Initiatives
Home: Melrose, NY 12121
Bio: I am a 70 year old Retiree from the former GE Silicones Plant in Waterford, NY; I had 35 years with GE, and 7 years with Momentive (Successor to GE Silicones). I retired in 2013. I am single and I have 2 children, and I have 2 grandchildren. I have lived in upstate NY all of my life—around the capital of Albany, NY; specifically, now, I live in a quiet country setting—in Melrose, NY. I have been actively involved with retirees since I retired; I am President of RAGEHCC Group Inc (now called “Solutions). I am also a recovering guy, with 39 years recovery, and have helped many people with substance issues both professionally, and personally, all of my adult life. I like sports, swimming, being outside—doing yardwork, and house projects.
Phone Numbers: (H) 518-235-5068
Bobby Dayhuff–Vice President; Website Committee Chair
Home: PO Box 576, Gosport IN 47433-0576
Phone Numbers: 812-585-3644; Cell 812-360-0417
BIO: Hi, my name is Bob Dayhuff and I am 73 years of age.
I am retired from Bloomington GE plant BPO. I worked at GE for 20 years and retired at age 60. Then I formed my company which did flea market selling and online eBay selling. HoosierTrader. Now I have a computer business which I call Country Computer Services. I sell and repair computers. I have been busy with volunteer work since retiring. I am on the Gosport Lazy Days Festival committee. A member of the Gosport Business Association and past secretary. A member of the Grand Lodge of Indiana and a Scottish Rite member in Bloomington Indiana lodge 22. Also, two years as Secretary and board member of The Friends of McCormick’s Creek State Park. Also on an invasive species group that has formed in Owen County Indian. I have had a really varied career in the workforce. I spent some years working as a General Agent in Insurance life and health. My main area was Medicare supplement coverage for seniors. Worked in machine shop where I was second shift supervisor, and worked on a lifting eye for the Gemini space capsule. I love basketball, and all sports including golf.
Melody Jackson—Secretary; Benefits Advocate; Committee Chair–Communications & Newsletters
Home: Fort Wayne, In 46814
Bio: Born–September 26, 1950
Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Third generation GE. I was raised in a rural community south of Fort Wayne. I attended the same school, first through Senior year, Norwell. I went to work at GE in 1968 as a general clerk non exempt. I did key punching and processed new orders to production floor. I took all classes offered at GE and through IPFW. Went through foreman assessment and joined exempt in 1973. I was youngest female exempt. There were only 6 at that time in Fort Wayne. Repair & Return, scheduling at Broadway Plant. Went to the Taylor Street plant in 1977 in Fort Wayne. Inventory and Material Procurement and then Supervisor of the salary material clerks, foreman over switch assembly, hardware assembly and packing. Promoted to Materials Manager over material procurement, shipping, receiving, raw and in process $’s, scheduling and customer service, consisting of hourly, non exempt and exempt. Dock receiving, shipping and material handling was first cell established in Fort Wayne with 100% cross training. Responsible for pilot implementations of new systems. Green belt certified in first class at GE Fort Wayne . Moved to Materials Manager Wire Mill at Taylor Street. Responsible for ordering direct and indirect material, receiving, shipping and scheduling/customer service over 3 shifts. Shipping magnet wire to other motor and transformer plants. Upon closure of Wire Mill was asked to go back as foreman in motors. Shop was split between myself and another long service exempt that had good rapport with hourly. I had winding, sub assembly and assembly through shipping. Announcement had just been made to close motor plant in approximately one year. Called everyone together and decided to go out with our heads held high and proud of what we do. I was so proud of our team. We missed production one time in that year. Plant was closed in Oct 2005 and I was given a sero in March 2006. I retired with 37 plus years. Was called back in 2007 on consulting for short period. I then helped nephew start up business and went on sick leave shortly there after. Had to learn to walk again and struggled to ask for help. Was used to going minimum of 12 hour days. In 2007 I worked at Best Buy selling appliances and home theater for 5 years until 2012. We reside in a rural area west of Fort Wayne. I enjoy reading, sun worshiper, little casino time, gardening and flowers, and most of all my granddaughter, Ally, that you see all the time on my facebook. I look forward to growing our RAGEHCC at a national level to be reckoned with as a trendsetter in dealing with senior issues. I feel privileged to have been part of core group and now elected Secretary as we move forward. Anyone that knows me, knows I don’t give up when I have been challenged, and GE did that when they took our post 65 healthcare away.
Phone Numbers: (H) N/A
Connie Vick—Treasurer RAGEHCC
I was born and raised in a small town in New Mexico. I started working for GE in 1978 as a janitor and as jobs opened up I bid for and got a bench operator job. A few years later I took a job as EDM operator. (Electrical discharge machining operations). In 1983 Ray and I got married. He was offered a job at Strother Field KS as a CSM. For him to accept the job however, we had to counter with the condition that I retain my employment with GE as well. (Unlike salary employees, hourly were not given the opportunity to transfer to a different location). The request was granted and we moved to Arkansas City in ’84 (then later to Winfield KS). I started out in rework and eventually took a job as a mechanic on the CT7/T700 engine line. A few years later I transferred to the CFM56 engine line. When we had a reduction in force I was bumped back to rework. Eventually we got the contract for F110 New Production and I went there. When GE decided to let the F110 go, I went back to CT7/T700 engine line where by then GE had combined the inspection/mechanic jobs as one entity. I enjoyed all the jobs I had, but working on the CT7/T700 (EROM) was probably my most favorite as it was extremely challenging and interesting!!! I, (along with Erle Coleman) was one of the first employees to join and incorporate the Safety Council Committee at GE. In the early 90’s I decided I needed to get involved with the local Union. I ran and won the trustee position. In the next election, I ran for Negotiator of our local and won that too. Sadly (or not) on the next election after that, I threw my hat in for the President’s position. I did not win. However, in my own estimation, I was not the loser in that race—the membership was. I continued to stay active in the local union and still do to this day. I retired in Dec. 2009. We have enjoyed trips to NC. VA. NM. TX. and ND. We have 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters.
Home: 15279 103rd Lane. Winfield, KS 67156
To Send Connie Personal Checks for Dues/Donations— Please use this address– Send checks to PO Box 521 Winfield, KS 67156
Phone Numbers: (H) N/A
Charlie Baumgartner—2nd Trustee; Committee Chair–By-Laws, Financial Audits & Elections
Home: 66 Wellington Drive, Farmington, CT 06032
Phone Numbers: (H) 860.677.6372
Rodney Ira—Committee Chair–Rally’s/Events
Home: 501 E. Monroe Dam Rd., Bloomington Indiana 47401
Phone Numbers: (H) 812 824-4354; Cell– 812 369-6014
Home: 90 Crest Oak Ct., Springboro OH 45066
Terry Cain– Assistant Benefits Advocate
Home: 9585 Wolfe Cemetery Road, Georgetown, IN 47122
Bio: I worked 28 yrs at AP Louisville as a Tool and Die maker and Maintenance Tech. I held a Union shop Steward position for 18 yrs.
Kevin Mahar— Committee Person
Phone Numbers: (H) 781-584-7634
FIRST, HISTORICAL– General Membership Meeting—
of Members, with Dennis Rocheleau-Oct 5, 2016
Video of October 5, 2016 Meeting–With Members & Dennis Rocheleau
Agenda for RAGEHCC October 5th, 2016 ZOOM Meeting
Introduction/Overview of Meeting— HISTORIC–FIRST General Membership Meeting
RAGEHCC Information & Accomplishments ;
Summary of Follow-Up Retiree Healthcare Survey;
And Then Have Our Meeting With Dennis Rocheleau
Summary of RAGEHCC Members, Donations & Participation—To Date—
RAGEHCC(Retirees Against GE HealthCare Changes)—developed from almost 1200 Facebooks Members—at https://www.facebook.com/groups/RetireesAgainstGE/
About 206 Members Registered/Joined(17%) our Formal RAGEHCC Website—at http://ragehcc.org/
About 98 Donations (8%) to date (10/2/2016) amounting to about $3466.35; Our Expenses to date– $1811.30(Website, ZOOM Tool, Action Network, Survey Monkey, Pacer (Legal) Account, Postage/Mailings, Supplies, Printing Costs—Postcards, Etc.) Doing a Fundraiser/Membership Drive right now, for 2017.
At best…the motivation, engagement, and participation of our Group has been 17% (on average)–taking into account—our Strategies & Initiatives (Rally’s, Letters, Petitions, Survey’s, Etc.), Our Financial Support, and the Number Formally Joining our RAGEHCC Group. We went from a high of 71%on the Letter to Immelt & The GE Board of Directors; to about 22% on our Follow-Up Retiree Healthcare (265 Participants); 25% to 29% by the number of responses to most questions—340-370 responses; —- to an Average of about 17% Participation on All Activities—Joining RAGEHCC, Fundraising, Petitions, Letters, Other Initiatives, Etc.
Facebook/RAGEHCC Accomplishments to Date—
Rallies—April 27th—at almost all GE Locations; same day asGE Annual Shareowners Meetings—we had many GREAT speakers at the GE Annual Shareowners Meeting—we virtually took over Meeting about Retiree Healthcare Changes.
Letter to Jeff Immelt & GE Board of Directors—over 800 signatures—delivered electronically—email, and by Certified Mail.
Bought and implemented many tools—Action Network, Survey Monkey, ZOOM Audio/Video/Phone Communication Tool, RAGEHCC Website, Opened a Pacer Account for Legal Updates.
We did our original Retiree Healthcare Survey, and now, we are doing another Follow-up Retiree Healthcare Survey to collect data/information on “Satisfaction/Dissatisfaction” with the new healthcare process, and “Harm” to Retirees—Harms being financial—costs; medical—skipped medications, skipped doctor appointments, skipped tests/procedures; and mental-stress, emotional-betrayal, fear, etc.
ORGANIZATIONALLY:Formed a Core Team of Retiree Members—dedicated to organizing and implementing our strategies/goals/initiatives; and to formally organize our Retiree Group into a Formal Retired Members Chapter. We also formed Committees, with many of the Core Team, taking active roles to Chair these Committees—Communications—Melody Jackson; Membership Growth & Collaborations/Endorsements—Connie Vick, and Erle Coleman; Surveys—Data Collection—Charlie Baumgartner; Website Development & Communication—Gary Poland; Rally’s/Events—Rodney Ira; Strategies/Initiatives—John Phelps; other Core Team Members are Leah Fean, Kim Cox, Kevin Mahar, David McIntosh, and Jack Richards. Thank You to ALL of you for your continued dedication & commitment!
NOTE: This Core Team Organization will later become our Formal RAGEHCC Retired Members Chapter (RMC)—Chartered, EIN (non-profit status); and then We will have an Election of Officers, and develop our By-Laws (coming soon—It has been a SLOW process, with some complications).
Developed and implemented Our Formal Website—RAGEHCC–Gary Poland did an excellent job getting this going!
Promoted & Participated in many Petitions/Letters Online—HR1856, Social Security Works, NCPSSM, and others—dealing with Social Security and Medicare Issues; and ERISA & NLRB Laws regarding Retiree Benefits; GE Retiree Benefits Changes; etc.
Designed and had printed Postcards to handout at Quarter Century events, ELFUN events, Retiree Formal & Informal Groups, and Retired Members Chapters—another communication and membership growth initiative.
Tried, and modestly contributed to the Salaried Lawsuit Legal Fundthrough an online, and mail-in Fundraiser.
Now, we are working on establishing Benefit Plans to help our Retirees save costs—Prescription Plans, maybe Dental/Vision Plans—in research and due diligence phase; more to come on this.
Summary of Follow-Up Retiree Healthcare Survey— Sent to Law Firms
(To Date—265 responses, with Dependents—up to 350 Avg responses on some questions)
67% HourlyRetiree and/or Dependent; 32% Salaried Retiree and/or Dependent
62% are Post-65; 32% are Pre-65; with 6% N/A on age—went on their own (independent broker).
GE Retiree/Dependent—Receiving the RRA—64%; GE Retiree/Dependent NOT Receiving the RRA—18%; GE Retiree/Dependent NOT Eligible for the RRA—17%.
52% have Already Used ALLtheir RRA; 19% have NOT used it all; N/A (maybe Pre-65 or not qualified)—29%. Most have used it ALL by the 2nd quarter of the Year—April, May & June (in Comments Section of this question).
64% Get Their Part DPrescription Plans through One Exchange; 30% Don’t; and 6 % Get Their Part D as part of a Medicare Advantage Plan.
15% have Hit the Donut Hole; 85% have NOT hit the Donut Hole as of 9/2016. Of those that Hit the Donut Hole…most were in July, August and September (some earlier).
Of those that had Out-of-Pocket Expense on Part D Prescriptions—188 responded with costs from $150.00 (some lower) to $13,000; with a lot (22%) of thoseresponses being in the thousands of dollars ($).
52% said their Total Costs—Premiums, Co-Pays, Deductible, etc.—are Higher NOW than when under the GE Retiree Medical Supplemental Plans; 11% said Costs were not higher; 37% said that Retiree Healthcare Costs–Post-65 were NOT Applicable to them (Pre-65). This question had a total of 274 responses. Great Examples of Higher Costs were given in Question 12 that followed.
In Questions #13…we asked if Retirees has used Credit Cards, or Borrowed Money, to pay their Medical/Prescription costs—28% said Yes, and 72% said No—227 responses.
In Question # 14…we asked –“Are you Satisfied with the New One Exchange System/Plan?”77% of retirees and/or Dependents said NO; and 23% said Yes. There were 203 Responses to this question—a drop off from total responses to most other questions in the Survey. In my opinion (JMP), some Retirees fear GE’s retaliation—i.e.—losing their RRA, as the reason some “skipped” this question—23%.
In Question # 15, we asked—“Please Give Specific Reason Why You are Dissatisfied?”
Calls too long
Calls were disconnected
Multiple calls to get my plans finalized
Knowledge and expertise of One Exchange personnel seemed lacking
One Exchange person seemed confused, and/or impatient
The RRA reimbursement process is flawed (forms, disbursement), and/or untimely
Lack of provider/insurer plans (Medigap choices)in my area
Lack of knowledge by One Exchange personnel on provider/insurer plans
Provider/Insurers seem to have multiple reviews; delays in approving care, and/or seem to deny care
Meeting with Dennis Rocheleau—The “Guy that got all this STARTED—the Initiator of the Salaried Lawsuit against GE”
- Dennis—we have shared the legal documents of BOTH of the Salaried & Hourly Lawsuit (on our website); Dennis will share about the Salaried Lawsuit in general/generic terms.
Dennis—You could share your reflections about our Group (our initiatives, strategies—the Rally’s, Mailings, Letters to GE/Petitions, Fund Raising, Surveys, Formal Website, etc.
Dennis—You could share about the experience of you and others speaking at the Annual Shareowners Meeting, etc. The content of those talks which virtually took over the Shareowners Meeting (about Retiree Healthcare)
Dennis—You could talk about the need for ALL of us to stick together in this fight against GE—Salaried & Hourly alike.
Question & Answer Segment—Kick it off with questions below, and then Open the floor…Members/Participants Turn—Ask Away?