Retiree Benefits Workshop

You asked for this “workshop” in May

Your FURA in action

Fresno Unified School District

Retiree Benefits Workshop

This 1.5 hour workshop will provide you with an overview of your retiree benefits, including the Kaiser Senior Advantage Plan, and the Medicare Prescription Drug  Plan provided through Envision Rx Plus.

You will learn about the different plan options, Medicare enrollment requirements, and how your benefits are coordinated between the District and Medicare. Representatives from Envision, Kaiser Permanente , and the JHMB will be on-hand to answer your questions.

WHEN:
Saturday, September 27, 2014,
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Fresno High School
Royce Hall Theater
1839 N. Echo Ave.
Fresno, CA 93704

Refreshments will be served

Minutes 2014

Click to download 2014 Minutes as a PDF

Tim Thomas, Chair called the FURA Meeting to order at 9:30AM, June 5, 2014 at Country Waffles, Fresno CA.

The first item on the agenda was to finalize the positions of the board for 2014-2015.  Tim stated the Following: Tim Thomas, Chair – Yolanda Moreno, Vice Chair – Recording Secretary, LaVerne Smith – Secretary, Catherine Franzell – Treasurer, Barbara Thomas – Treasurer Asst., Vivienne Oxley – Members at LArge, Darel Mehrten, Dean Clark and Mosita Mollison – Betty Thornton, Associate – Walter Franzell, Newsletter and VSP.  Don Kisner wants out so a replacement is being considered for the web site postition.  There person Tim had in mind could’t accommodate us now.  Mosita suggested we as Sue Dunham’s son, Monty, to consider working on the web site.  Tim will contact him.  Darel informed us50% of the questions on the web site are regarding VSP.

Increasing active membership to FURA was discussed.  It was agreed that Joanna’s synopsis of our May 6, 2014 Annual meeting be sent to all retirees along with Catherine’s minutes, annual report and a list of informational contacts.  Everyone felt this was the start in the right direction.  Other ideas will be discussed at our next board meeting.

It was suggested the letter Bob Bezemek drafted be sent to Ruth Quinto, after corrections, also cc’d to Superintendent Hansen, Board of Ed, FTA, CSEA and other union reps in October.  We will wait for a response.  If no response we will take further action.

Catherine informed us that Group 3 trying to receive the same benefits the original FURA group got was defunct.  In fact all retirees after September 1, 2006 have no recourse.

Tim Questioned the board on where we were going, what are our goals?  Final request was for all board members to research mission statements and come prepared to submit and discuss a mission at the July 16, 2014 board meeting at Country Waffle, 9AM – 10:30AM.

The meeting adjourned at 11AM.

Respectfully submitted Recording Secretary, LaVerne Smith

Honoring the Service of our Departed Colleagues.

We recognize that this list may be incomplete. Please contact the FURA website if you know of others who have passed away but are not listed.

We remember:
Virginia Abbott
Ismael Acosta
Victoria Hernandez Acosta
Jon Adams
Betty Alexander
Richard Alexander
Ralph Allred
Ed Amundsen
Paul Andersen
Lucille Anderson
Lee Robert Angelich
Patricia Anne Armer Arellano
Ruth Arugeti
Wally Barcus
Joyce Barile
Gordon Barker
Sam Barkman
Abe Bartsch
Lynne Beauregard
Carol Belknap
Gerald Berglund
Bill Bergstaller
Anna B. Beery
Ollie Bidwell
Helen Bixler
Mona Lee Bleigh
Marian Boccasile
Opal Mae Bordona
Olive Boyer-McGraw
Henrietta Brandon
Margaret Brase
Blanche Brenner
Gaines Carl Brogdon
Bernice Burgstaller
Robert Bruno
Molly Buchanan
Sue Burke
Evelyn M. Bush
Jean Calabrese
Elizabeth Grace Calderwood
Ron Capriola
Phil Carter
Bob Case
Avalynn Chapman
Mariano Chavez
Nell Clements
Russ Console
Lucille “Teo” Cooper
Thelma Lucy Crawford
Mike Crill
Willis Crosby
Kathryn Crosby
Ron Dangaran
Dorothy Daniel
Richard Darmanian
Jeanette Davis
Lenore Daw
Bill Day
Virginia Dealy
Larry DeCarlo
June Deeter
William Edwin DeGraw
Josephine DelaCerda
Manuel DeMorales
Doris Mae Dillon
Cornelia Downing
Pauline Duerksen
Ida Mae Dupont
Alan Ellis Amend
Phyllis Emparan
Robert Eten
Marsha Kathleen Feaver
Don Ferrer
Don Fickess
Pedro Figueroa
Mary Ann Gabelica
Bud Gaston
Gerre Gegarian
Don George
Jack Gilbert
Helen Gillen
Vernon Gittings
Marv Golden
Mrs. Gray
Mary Ann Green
Lila Marie Green
Carmen Gregory
Reid Gromis
William Gustafson
Dora Halstead
Boley Hamilton
Dorothy Hamilton
Betty Simpson Hansen
Ruth Hansen
Bob Hansen
Florence Hansen
William “Bill” Harbour
Bette Ann Hart
Robert Heeren
Dean Helmick
Roger Hernstedt
Bob Hill
Janice Hill
Don Holve
Marvin Howard
Larry Huck
Charles Hull
Troy Hutchison
Maria Ingram
Joan Jack
Cathy Jackson
Dwight Elliot Johannes
Richard V. Johnson
Silas Jones
Andrew Kachadoorian
Harry Kachadoorian
LaVerne Kain
Mildred Kellenberger
Elizabeth Kimrey
Janet Kincade
Robert Kincade
Jim Kirby
Richard Kisling
Edna Klaus
Betty Kloppenburg
Doreena Koopman
Sue Kopf
William Kuhn
Nelle Lacy
Dolores Lindeman
Clyde Lowe
John Loyear
Marjorie Lutz
Robert Lynch
Charles M. Lynes
Caroline Mackey
Allen Macy
Jenny Macy
Henrietta (Henri) Magnuson-Brandon
Phil Manoogian
Rose Manzell
Dorothy Marius
Cleo Martin
Winifred Mauer
Linda McAlexander
Don McColm
Betty McCully
Stan McDonald
Bruce Mecartea
Ernie Mellia
Donna Lee (Muro) Mercer
Don Mertens
Marilyn Mertens
Nancy Milla
Kirk Minassian
Bob Miner
Art Miller
Harvey Moody
Marlene Ann Moss
Richard Murillo
Margaret Murphy
Dick Neal
Edna Nelson
Louise Nelson
Carolyn Netzley
Gerald H. Nimmo
Helen Ogle
Rog Oliver
Hope Ostendorf
Joyce Ovoian
Etta Paladino
Philip Patino
Sue Peoples
Albert Pepper
Donald “Don” Perry
Faye Poole
Don Potts
Harriet Porter
Myrtle Powers
Al L Pratt
Marie Priscom
Don Pursell
Sue Quaid
Mel Quistad
Barry Reed
Ruth Riley
Clarence Robinson
Mildred Davis Rogers
Bill Ruby
Gene Ruby
Dave Runnels
Kenneth “Ken” Sakata
Muriel Sample
Helen June Schaeffer
Millicent “Millie” Schoof
Gordon Scott
Margaret E. Sherman
Dorothy Ann Shipley
Bill Shirey
Lucille Schramm
Betty Schweickert
Ramona Self
Haig Shekerjian
John Shropshire
Mildred Simms
Jim Simmons
Elisabeth Simpson
Boyd Skillin
Chester Slate
Bonnie Smith
Phyllis Smith
Shirley Spino
Arlene Srabian
Richard Steege
Phyllis Steven
Bill Stewart
Lorna Stewart
Mary Strong
Jan Stumpf
Vic Takeuchi
Virginia Tarvin
Donna Taylor
Elizabeth Terronez
Dolphas Trotter
Roy Tuck
Helen Tuttle
Virginia Valasis
Mary Francis Valenzuela
Dirk Van Gelder
Helen Van Stone
Ed Varney
John Watkins
Bill Weatherly
William (Bill) Williams
George Williams
Loretta Wilsey
Patricia Wilson
Marilyn Winstanley
Nancy Woodruff
Frances York

VPS Recommendation

I never thought that VSP was that good a deal even when I was still working & FUSD paid the premium. My husband & I both retired from FUSD at *55 yrs*. of age and took a huge cut in our income, so we have to watch our expenses. We opted not to pay for the coverage when we retired because of the cost. Last month, a friend of mine got a full eye exam with dilation at the River Park *Costco* and ordered glasses with new frames & lenses. They also detected some glaucoma and gave her a
referral to an eye medical group for the glaucoma (which will be paid for by her Medical Coverage).

*She paid:*
$60 for the eye exam with the dilation (without dilation iit’s about $2O cheaper)
$59 for the frames she chose ($39-$200 range on their frames & they have titanium if you like light frames) (If they still make your previous frames and you want to reuse them instead–they do charge a fee, but I forget how much.)
$151 total for*progressives*,_*transitions*_ (darkest color), and *anti-reflective coating*
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*$270 grand total

VSP (member costs from the example given on the brochure)
*$20 copay for the eye exam
$20 copay for the eye glasses
$105 for progressives
$69 for anti-reflective
$114.72 member annual contribution
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*$328.72 grand total (/and this does not include/*/*_transitions_**lenses in this price!!!*/*So you will pay even more than this price to get equivalent glasses!)

Hence, you can save more at Costco ($328.72 – $270 = $58.72) and you can save more or less depending on the frames you choose.

*My friend is as happy with her new glasses as she ever was with any obtained through a doctor’s office.*

*Costco takes appointments or walk-ins. The optometrist is not an employee of Costco. Her office is just located in Costco and she has been there about 8 yrs. This is not meant to be an add for Costco. It is only meant to show my fellow retiree’s on fixed incomes that you can get a better deal than VSP.

I also have many neighbors who have all gotten their hearing aids at Costco, (another non-covered medical need for many of us as we age). They are also very satisfied without exception. Check it out!!!

I hope this helps you make your decision.

Submitted by Cathy Bettencourt

MINUTES OF FURA NOMINATION COMMITTEE MEETING

Minutes of
FURA NOMINATION COMMITTEE MEETING
Friday, June 8, 2012

The meeting of the FURA Nomination Committee was held on Friday, June 8, 2012 at the El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant in Clovis. Barbara Thomas, Chairman, called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. The following committee members were present: Barbara and Tim Thomas, Vivienne Oxley, Yolanda Moreno, Steven and Flo Deak and Cathy and Walt Franzell.

Barbara reviewed the nomination and election procedures outlined in the FURA bylaws. She stated that the following FURA members expressed an interest in remaining on the Board of Directors: Carole Sarkisian-Bonard as ex officio (2 years); Melinda Homola, ex officio (2 years); Flo Deak (1 year); Steven Deak (1 year); Barbara Thomas (3 years); Vivienne Oxley (2 years). The following FURA members expressed an interest serving on the Board or assisting the FURA organization in various capacities: Cathy Franzell, Tim Thomas, Mike Starry, Charlie Clark, Walter Franzell, Yolanda Moreno, and Ernestine Hopson. She added that Walt Franzell is currently the Newsletter Editor; Mike Starry is working with Don Kisner to take over as FURA Webmaster; and Charlie Clark as Negotiations Research Historian.

The following were recommended for three open positions on the Board: Cathy Franzell, Tim Thomas and Yolanda Moreno.

Nominations for Officers: President: Tim Thomas (3 years; Vice President: Cathy Franzell (3 years); Secretary: Flo Deak (1 year); Treasurer: Barbara Thomas (3 years); Assistant Treasurer: Vivienne Oxley (2 years). The names will be published in the FURA newsletter as an opportunity to provide for open nominations electronically. A reasonable period of time will be assigned for this purpose and if during that period no other nominations are received, the nominated slate of officers will duly serve. The Secretary was asked to provide a complete list of mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses to all the Board of Directors for reference purposes.

Considerable discussion ensued regarding the FURA III group and their desire to pursue measures to regain health benefits from Fresno Unified School District as promised at the time of their employment. This proposed action would need to be approved by the FURA Board of Directors. It was noted that FURA was not currently anticipating any further legal action; that those retirees retiring after September 1, 2006 organize and define goals and strategies independent of FURA. It was suggested that postcards go out to all members clarifying and outlining the purpose of FURA; that there exists some confusion among the members in this regard. Tim Thomas stated he would compose the information to be included in this mailing.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Florence Deak, Recording Secretary

MINUTES OF FURA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

May 17, 2012–10 a.m.–Retired Teachers Memorial Building

The meeting was called to order by President Carole Sarkisian-Bonard at 10 a.m. at the Retired Teachers Memorial Building, 3930 E. Saginaw Way, Fresno. Approximately 225 FURA members were present.

Carole welcomed the group and announced that she and Melinda Homola are retiring as President and Vice President of FURA but will remain in an ex officio capacity on both the FURA Steering Committee and Executive Board. She continued with a brief history of FURA–Fresno Unified Retirees Association–for the benefit of those retirees who have recently became members of the Association.

Once again, for the record, Carole reiterated the differences between FURA I, II and III. She emphasized that FURA is ONE organization representing all District retirees but it was an in-house decision to name the groups for clarification purposes especially in the area of retirement dates as follows: FURA I is comprised of those retirees who were part of the class-action lawsuit and who retired prior to April 17, 2006. The lawsuit is over and has been judged in FURA’s favor. The date of April 17 was designated by the court as the cut-off date determined by the date of the letter initiated by the District and sent to retirees mandating payment of health premiums.

FURA II is comprised of those retirees (137 members) who retired during the period of April 18, 2006 to July 31, 2006 referred to as the “Gap Group”. FURA III consists of those retirees who retired after July 31, 2006 and who reached the District’s healthcare eligibility requirements of their original contract of employment–57 ½ years of age and completion of 16 years of service.

In reference to FURA II, Cathy Franzell announced that on March 15, 2012, an agreement which was an extension of FURA I’s class action lawsuit was reached and signed between FURA and Fresno Unified School District stating that no health care premiums, fees or assessments will be charged to FURA II eligible retirees effective immediately. She thanked the Executive Board and Bezemek Law Firm for their successful efforts in this matter.

Carole announced that an invitation was extended to representatives from the District’s Benefits and Risk Management Office to attend the meeting for the purpose of a question and answer period regarding health benefits. There was no response to the invitation. Carole stated she and FURA Board members fielded many calls relating to the health plan changes by the District and the placement of retirees on Medicare Part D. It was hoped that someone from the District or Joint Health Management Board would have been present to address retirees’ concerns.

Carole briefly reviewed the current changes to the medical health plan and reminded the retirees to review the information sent out by the District and either make their concerns known by mail or email to the Board of Education and/or Joint Health Management Board. Many members present expressed concerns regarding prescription coverage under the Envision RX plan and their experiences in accessing related information; that many encountered delays and denials in receiving prescription drugs. She reminded the members that the court’s ruling is posted on the website; that this reference should be cited and included in all communications of complaint to the two Boards mentioned above.

Inquiries have been made by many of the members regarding Dental and Vision Insurance. Carole reminded the membership that anyone who retired prior to 2009 cannot purchase dental or vision insurance from the District. This decision has been made by the Joint Health Management Board. FURA is currently offering vision insurance through VSP and information is available by contacting Lynn Freeman or Walt Franzell at wfranzell.fura.vsp@gmail.com. Information is also available on the FURA website: fura-fusd.org.

Continuing, the following guests were introduced to the membership: Bryan Feemster of James G. Parker Insurance Associates and Tiffiny Bailey-Khoury, Regional Sales Manager, Wells Fargo Insurance, who described the steps in obtaining vision and/or dental insurance with their group for those retirees currently not offered opportunities to do so or who wish to change their existing plans. They stated that in order to examine the feasibility of a group plan and to acquire competitive rates from various carriers, it was necessary that those members interested complete the Employee Benefits Survey made available at the meeting and return the information no later than June 1, 2012 to James G. Parker Insurance Associates, 1753 East Fir, Fresno, CA 93720. The results and subsequent steps would be posted either on the FURA website or included in a newsletter.

At this time, Carole introduced David Bradley, who has assumed the leadership responsibility for FURA III. David, retired in 2010 from Malloch School, and served as Vice President of FTA and also was a site rep and negotiator for 12 years. He also served as the Elementary Educator on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Committee of Credentials in Sacramento. He presented a brief overview of organizational requirements and the vast coordination efforts that will be necessary in this endeavor. He urged the current retirees of FURA III to join with him to regain District-paid lifetime health benefits by calling him at 559-227-6578.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 12 noon.

Respectfully submitted,

Florence Deak, Recording Secretary

MINUTES OF FURA General Membership Meeting

March 3, 2011–11 a.m.
Retired Teachers Memorial Building

The meeting was called to order by Vice President Melinda Homola at 11:05 a.m. at the Retired Teachers Memorial Building, 3930 E. Saginaw Way, Fresno. Approximately 300 FURA members were present.

Melinda introduced the following guest speakers: Gwen Sittner, FUSD Health Benefits Office and Joseph Van Orsdel, Consultant to the Joint Health Management Board; Delta Health, administrators of the health plan for Fresno Unified, represented by Franceen Hanley, Delta Health Field Representative, Christy Scharton, and Lynette McCulloch, Delta Health Customer Services and Claims Managers.

Mr. Van Orsdel shared a brief overview of his responsibility as consultant to the Joint Health Management Board. He noted that his primary task was to monitor the solvency of the District’s Health Plan along with budgetary responsibilities within the administration of the medical and prescription programs. He explained the charge of the Joint Health Management Board and a brief history of its inception. In addition, he noted that the District is currently solvent with a substantial reserve. In conclusion, he stated that the JHMB is trying to keep health costs under control and is working very closely with area hospitals in that regard.

The aforementioned guests spoke in great detail as well as entertained questions regarding the new District Health Plans–Options A and B Benefits Open Enrollment process currently in progress which will take effect April 1, 2011. The representatives also clarified some questions posed by FURA members regarding coverage procedures, deductibles, processing of claims, portability of the District Health plan both domestically and, should the need arise, while traveling in foreign countries.

Carole asked Gwen Sittner to brief the members regarding the timeline for issuing the health premium reimbursement checks. Gwen stated her department is waiting for directives from the attorneys representing the District and FURA to release the checks. A target date of early April is planned.

The Vision Plan update was presented by FURA President Carole Sarkisian-Bonard. It was her understanding that the vision and dental plan availability for those retirees who retired before 2009 will be reviewed by the Joint Health Management Board. Our attorney has sent a letter to the District regarding the eligibility of those pre-2009 retirees. Carole added that she has fielded at least 377 calls from FURA members who are interested in vision insurance. It was also her understanding that there would be no added cost to the District for including aforementioned retirees. She added that , to her knowledge, this issue has not been brought to the Board of Education’s attention as of this meeting.

Carole along with Cathy Franzell, who represented FURA II, clarified the differences of FURA I, FURA II, FURA III. FURA I is comprised of those retirees who are part of the class-action lawsuit and who retired prior to April 17, 2006. The lawsuit is over and has been judged in FURA’s favor. The date of April 17 was designated by the court as the cut-off date because it was the date the letter from the District was initiated and sent to retirees mandating payment of health premiums.

FURA II is comprised of those retirees (approximately 85) who retired during the period of April 18, 2006 to July 31, 2006 and referred to as the “Gap Group” . The District’s legal representative during the court session of November 5, 2010 questioned the April 17 cut-off date stating that teachers work through June; that those wanting to retire July 31 should be grandfathered in by the District. This action was not part of the lawsuit but does appear in the court transcripts as discussed. Both attorneys agreed to the suggestion and Judge Franson was to review the issue and return a tentative ruling. Letters prepared to this effect have been submitted to the Board of Education by FURA attorneys. However, as of this date, there has not been a reply from the District.

FURA III consists of those retirees who retired after July 31, 2006 to the present. Most were hired and worked under the contracts prior to 2006; however, subsequently the bargaining units negotiated to make changes to the contracts which have been deemed as ” reasonable modifications” regarding health care premiums. These contractual changes have been ratified and approved by the Board of Education. Carole asked for a show of hands of retirees who fall into this category and approximately a dozen or so were in attendance.

Barbara Thomas, FURA’s treasurer was asked to speak to the issue of annual dues. She reviewed the suggestion of the Steering Committee to assess FURA members a nominal annual fee to upkeep the organization. The poll went out in the last newsletter and returns indicated that a majority opted for a $20 annual charge. It was moved and seconded by Steven Deak and Sally Alvid, respectively, that the annual dues be set for the amount of $20. Checks should be forwarded to Barbara Thomas c/o FURA , P.O. Box 1717, Clovis, CA 93613-1717.

Barbara also reminded the group that changes of mailing addresses be made available to FURA and that email address changes be forwarded to Don Kisner, FURA’s webmaster; that we need to keep our lists current in the interest of expedient communication to all our members.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Florence Deak, Recording Secretary

FURA’S NEXT STEPS

With the successful litigation to preserve and protect our vested retiree health benefits, FURA’s steering committee met to review and discuss the organization’s next steps:

1. FURA WILL CONTINUE AS A NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION

Webster defines “chaos” as “any confused collection or state of things, complete disorder.” In contrast, “organized” means “to become systematized or constituted into a whole of independent parts.” To be organized is to be systematized. To be without system or organization is to be in a state of chaos and therefore be vulnerable. So it is with any social institution, business enterprise, or activity such as the FUSD retirees who depend upon the combined efforts of individuals to achieve its stated purpose. The purpose of OUR organization is to preserve and protect our vested retiree health benefits. This benefit was upheld in Court and FURA is grateful for the Court’s decision. At the FURA Steering Committee fall meeting, officers believed fervently that FURA MUST continue as an organization. We must preserve our organization in the unlikely event there is another assault on our earned retiree health benefits.

2. WHAT IS ON THE HORIZON?

There is much discussion on talk radio and news programs re: the current cost to the State of California re: STRS and CalPERS pensions and obligations to those retired, and to prospective retirees. FURA must stay organized to keep a watchful eye on our earned retirement benefits and keep contact with other statewide retiree organizations.

3. WHAT HAS FURA ACCOMPLISHED SINCE THE FALL OF 2004?

! FURA was successful in its lawsuit to preserve and protect earned, retiree health benefits as PROMISED by FUSD since the inception of the program in the 1970’s.

! FURA was successful in the implementation of Ed Code 7000 dental benefits.

! FURA was successful in organizing thousands of FUSD retirees from each of the five bargaining units (CSEA 125, CSEA food sevices; SEIU, Building Trades, FTA as well as confidential, supervisory and management.)

! FURA was recognized by the State of California as a Non profit organization

! FURA publishes newsletters to inform its membership

! FURA maintains a web site to inform its membership and the public

! FURA holds at least one General Membership meeting per year

4. WHAT NEEDS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED IN THE FUTURE?

! More than 300 retirees emailed and telephoned FURA to indicate an interest in purchasing vision insurance. Our legal team headed by Bob Bezemek is working on the matter and will contact the FUSD Board of Education and Superintendent. It is important to remember that FUSD, pursuant to VSP Insurance Office, will NOT lose a penny if all retirees were allowed to purchase the insurance.

! FURA members are encouraged to contact FUSD Board members (559.457.3727) and the FUSD Superintendent (559.457.3882). Who decided that retirees who retired prior to 2009 would not be “eligible” to purchase vision insurance? This decision WAS NOT made by the FUSD board members. If not the FUSD governing board, then who? Call and make your voice heard.

! Continue to monitor the earned premium free lifetime health benefit to ensure that there isn’t a repeat of the action taken by the FUSD Board of Education in August, 2005, to assess premiums and fees.

! Share information with all retirees

! Assist retirees with retirement problems, questions, road blocks

5. ANNUAL DUES

The Steering Committee discussed the feasibility of assessing a nominal annual fee for FURA members. FURA cannot continue printing and mailing newsletters, maintaining a web site, pay state fees for a non profit organization, etc., without a stream of revenue. Remember that FURA officers are NOT reimbursed for out of pocket expenses or travel/meeting expenses. We are asking our membership to take a quick survey and let us know your thoughts re: a dues structure (please detach the following and mail it to FURA, PO Box 1717, Clovis, CA 93613-1717 or email Carole Sarkisian-Bonard at czsarki45@aol.com with your thoughts on this matter.

Carole Sarkisian-Bonard

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G Yes, I recommend annual dues

G No, I do not recommend annual dues to sustain our organization

Suggested amount of annual dues:

G Option 1: $12 per year

G Option 2: $15 per year

G Option 3: $20 per year

G Other? _____ (Please keep in mind that the greater number of retirees joining the organization will garner more income for the organization.)

Other thoughts/suggestions:

As we go to press with this FURA newsletter, there hasn’t been any information from FUSD to our attorney, Bob Bezemek, as to the timeline FUSD retirees would be receiving their reimbursement checks for the illegally charged health premiums. In the meantime, each retiree who paid premiums is accruing interest from the District on the amount owed. It is hoped that some information will be forthcoming from FUSD by the time of our annual meeting on March 3, 2011.

COURT GRANTS ATTORNEY FEES

FURA is pleased to report that the Court granted FURA’s motion for attorney fees. A hearing was held in Fresno County Superior Court on November 5, 2010, with the Honorable Donald R. Franson, Jr., presiding. Judge Franson issued his tentative ruling on December 17, 2010, granting FURA’s motion and directing the District to pay nearly $2.6 million in attorney fees. The FUSD Board of Education on January 12, 2011, announced in public session, following a closed session meeting, that FUSD WILL NOT appeal the Judge’s ruling re: attorney fees. The FUSD Board of Education vote was 6 in favor NOT to appeal; 0 negative votes and one abstention (Larry Moore). FURA is appreciative of Trustee Carol Mills’ actions on FURA’s behalf regarding this matter.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

RETIRED TEACHER HALL (3930 E Saginaw Way, Fresno)

MARCH 3, 2011

11:00 a.m. (Doors will open at 10:30 a.m.)

AGENDA:

! FUSD Health Plan A Representative from FUSD Benefits Department

! Vision plan update Lynn Freeman & Carole Sarkisian-Bonard

! Legal Update Carole Sarkisian-Bonard

! FURA 2 gap group Cathy Franzell

! Reimbursement checks Carole Sarkisian-Bonard

! Treasurer’s report Barbara Thomas

Protect your Health Benefits!