Special/Emergency Faculty Senate Meeting 
Tuesday, December 7, 1999, 
4:00 p.m. Willamette Room 

1.0 Call to Order 

2.0 Call of the Roll: 
Several substitutions were: Sue Hill was present for Linda Stonecipher; Eric Cooley was present for Chehallis Strapp; I was voting on behalf of Irja Galvan and myself. The following members were absent: Leo Rasca-Hidalgo, Meredith Brodsky, Brian Caster, Ming-Chi Own, Audrey Clarke, Michael Cihak, Wangeshi Gatimu, Tina Fuchs, Stephanie Tunison, Darryl Thomas, Laura Riolli-Saltzman, Martin Rodriguez-Perez, Jim Chadney, Obie Garza, Provost Minahan, and President Youngblood. 

3.0 Joel introduced the topic of the special meeting: consideration of the draft of the "Resolution of the Faculty Senate of Western Oregon University" regarding the current PEBB situation. Carol Harding distributed this draft. Marion Schrock then discussed the history and current situation. Key points: - Current PEBB benefits are good through 2000 - After this point, PEBB maintains that it will withdraw non-HMO plans and opt-out cash back. Perceived problems with this proposal include insurance cover during sabbaticals (HMO plans cover 90 days only) and the loss of opt-out cash, which comprise, in many faculty lives, appreciated and/or substantial salary. - OUS must make its intentions to withdraw from PEBB by 1/1/00; OSU and U of O Faculty Senates have put forth resolutions to do so (Joel has distributed these via email previously). - A statement to withdraw could result in a few potential scenarios: (a) PEBB may withdraw its plans and willingly create a faculty- specific program; (b) PEBB may not agree and OUS may seek new coverage. PEBB decisions/contracts will be made at the end of March, 2000. - It is unclear how the Governor/Chancellor's Office will respond to this problem given other PEBB issues in the state; concerns about "political vengeance" given higher education budgets have been raised. However, Marion reported that the Governor's office listened carefully to the OUS issues during a recent presentation, a potential good sign. - The previously presented notion (1997 data) that faculty are a "healthy" group of individuals who cost less to maintain (in terms of insurance, that is) was not born out in the 1999 data. Reasons for this, such as aging faculty and stress, were discussed. - Given this discussion, we read the resolution draft. It was suggested and approved that one item be changed (the statement "Faculty ...represent a relatively low-cost pool..." was changed to "Faculty... historically represent..." - We approved the resolution. Joel will send the resolution to OUS and the Governor. 

The meeting was adjourned.