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In May 2014, Alcatel-Lucent announced its intent to offer a pension buyout to approximately 45,000 retirees and related beneficiaries in the U.S. management pension plan. In this column, the LRO will keep you up to date on what we know about the recent A-L announcement.

Information About Lump Sum Offer
(April 26, 2015)

As you know, Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) may offer a lump-sum program to certain Alcatel-Lucent Retirement Income Plan (ALRIP) and the Lucent Technologies Inc. Pension Plan (LTPP) participants during 2015. In preparation, ALU began sending a letter to targeted individuals on Friday April 24, 2015. The recipients who have been identified as being potentially eligible for the lump-sum program have been asked to review their information that is on file with Alcatel-Lucent Benefit Center (ALBC).

Following is a sample of the letter that has been sent (along with a personalized data notification statement) to the Retiree Lump Sum Window Program anticipated population.( See the letter following for an explanation of those eligible.)

“Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. (The Company may amend the ALRIP and the LTPP (each referred to as the “Plan”) to give eligible individuals- generally referred to as former employees and retirees who commenced receiving their pension benefit on or after March 1, 1990 and before January 1, 2014 (or January 1, 2012 depending on type of pension), their surviving spouses and beneficiaries- the opportunity to convert their current monthly pension payment either to a lump sum payment or change their current annuity option to a new annuity option.
If the Company decides to amend the plans, the program will be known as the Alcatel-Lucent Retiree Lump Sum Window Program (The “Program”). To determine whether you are eligible for the program, we need for you to review the information the Plan has on file to insure it is correct and accurate.
If the Company decides to move forward with the Program, you will receive more information in July.
Note: Whether you are eligible for the Program will be determined after the necessary Plan amendments are adopted and any data updates are processed. If you fail to correct or update the Plan’s information, you may not be eligible for the Program and/or you may be provided with inaccurate information about your options under the program.”
The above letter serves two purposes. First, it notifies the recipient that the Company may amend the ALRIP and LTPP in order to offer this opportunity. Second, along with the personalized data notification statements, it provides an overview of personal data. It requests they review the information and notify the ALBC of any inaccuracies that could make the potential lump sum process much easier later.

Following are comments from the LRO:

  1. The use of underlining and bold print have been added by the LRO to call your attention to specific items.
  2. You should notice the use of words that indicate there are no finalized decisions at this time (Underlined Words)
  3. ALU announced that they expected to complete the mailing on April 27. Please do not contact us for ten days if you did not receive a letter but believe you are one of the eligible individuals.
  4. If you receive a letter your first point of contact should be the ALBC. Throughout this process the LRO will try to assist its members whenever they have difficulty with the process.
  5. Although the Company’s letter is specific to only the potential lump sum offer, your updated personalized data would also be critical for any subsequent potential transfer of your current annuity to a third party such as an insurance company.


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DISNEY AND MORE...Retirees can use the discounts for a myriad of entertainment opportunities that are available to active A-L employees. Just go to Tickets at Work, the website is, and enter company code ALCATEL (all in caps). You can also contact them by phone at 1-800-331-6483.

ALU HERTZ CAR RENTAL DISCOUNT... Alcatel-Lucent advises the LRO that retirees are eligible to use the A-L HERTZ Car Rental discount. Below, is the link that can be used and it will provide the access code to make reservations. However, note that the insurances are not included for personal travel. When renting a car from Hertz, just identify yourself as an A-L retiree.

ADDED BENEFITS...As an Alcatel-Lucent retiree, you are eligible to take advantage of group savings and discounts through the Added Benefits Program.


Video presentations from the New Jersey meetings

If you couldn't get to the October meetings, you can see the presentations here.

Intsroductions & Agenda - Joe Dombrosky
Grassroots support - Bob Martina
Healthcare and Lucent benefits - Ron Hoth
Pensions and the coming buyout - Frank Minter and Al Duscher
Q & A - Frank Minter and Al Duscher


Read all about the Eastland disaster at the History Corner under the Hawthorne Works tab.

History Corner pieces in our recent newsletters (THE LRO CONNECTION) can be accessed at any time by clicking on the HISTORY CORNER tab on the navigation bar.. We plan to continue with additional pieces on WECO, BTL, and TELETYPE and persons of note. If you have historical information, send to Gary Reichow at

Information on the Passing of Retirees

Under the "In Memoriam" tab located at the top of this page, the LRO lists the submitted names of recently deceased individuals and, where possible, provides a linkage to an official obituary. Information required and the form to list an individual are contained on the "In Memoriam" page. We encouragefamily members and friends to take advantage of this service.

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We can assist the Benefit Center if we wait a few days before asking for assistance. They handled over 5000 calls yesterday and are working to improve their availability.

In the meanwhile, please understand that if you are asked to provide copies of documents such as your marriage certificate, that is because they were unable to find all of the necessary documentation to confirm all of the information needed for this potential program. The only people being asked for marriage certificates are those where the benefit records are incomplete.

Retirees should fax the requested documents using the cover letter they received as a cover letter since that has their name and address on it. The fax number is also in the data notification materials.

Retirees should not return another cover letter than first page of the Data Notification mailing. That page is bar coded and helps to track the faxes properly.

As we receive additional information from ALU we will post it for you.


In a few days you will be receiving the AFN which reports the status of the funding of our management pension plan. You will observe that our plan is well funded and protected by PBGC guarantees, and you should have no concern about the safety of your pension. As you review his year’s report there are several items to which we should like to call your attention.

They are:

  1. On Page 1 you will find the Funding Target Attainment Percentage (FTAP). This is an actuarial determination on January first of each year presented. It is also the calculation that determines whether a plan sponsor must put more funds into the plan. We caution you that the 1/1/14 amount of 127.3 % funding for our plan for the year 2014 is likely at a temporary high level. This resulted from the Congress allowing companies to use an average of interest rates for the past 25 years when interest rates were higher rather than the most recent two years where those rates were lower. That had the effect of substantially reducing plan liabilities and artificially increasing the funding level. ALU has specified on page 2 of the AFN that the funding % was increased by 23% in 2014 because of these congressional actions. Therefore, the 2014 funding level without these artificial congressional actions is 104%. Similarly, the 2013 and 2012 funding levels would have been 104% and 102%, respectively.
  2. On Page 2, you will find the disclosure of plan assets and plan liabilities at 12/31/14 on a fair market value basis and you can calculate the funding level as 110.8%, again very good.
  3. Also on Page 2 notice that on 1/1/14 there were 86,859 retired former employees and their dependents. Not shown, but in that group, are 32,000 retirees and dependents that retired before 3/1/90 and are not in the announced group to be offered the lump sum. That would leave about 55,000 eligible for the offer and ALU has announced they would make an offer to 45,000.
  4. The Society of Actuaries has released new mortality tables which show increased life expectancy. These new tables will most likely be used in the 2016 AFN calculations. ALU has already recorded the effect of the new tables on pension liabilities in their financial records as of 12/31/14. As a result of calculating the liability with the new mortality rates, the funding level in ALU’s financial records is 96% as compared to the 110.8% in item #2 above. We expect they will use the old tables in calculating the lump sum payments, which will do two things:
    • First, the amount of the lump sum offered will be lower if the old mortality is used (perhaps by about 10%).
    • Second, ALU will probably reduce the liabilities on their financial records by the amounts from the new mortality tables, thus increasing the current funding level of 96% in their financial records.
  5. If Alcatel Lucent decides to sell the pension plan, the buying party would require that the assets transferred be greater than the liability transferred. As the funding level of our pension plan increases, the possibility of selling our pension plan to an insurance company increases. The insurance company would then administer the plan and make pension payments just as ALU does now. The only possible negative impact on retirees would occur only if that insurance company became bankrupt and could not make payments. In that situation retirees lose the protection of the PBGC when pension plans are sold to an outside entity.
  6. On page 3 you will observe that ALU has 22.7% of the assets in our plan invested in “Other”. In their financial statements they reported that they had moved into higher cash levels, now at about $ 4 billion or about 13% of the total assets.

Let us hear from you if you have questions.


You are invited to attend an LRO conference on Tuesday, May 12th, or Wednesday, May 13th at the Andover Country Club in Andover, Mass. regarding the following issues:

  • Current state of the offered Health Care Programs,
  • Current funding levels of the Pension Program,
  • Review of Lump Sum Buyouts and Alcatel Lucent’s recent announcement of their intention to offer a lump sum buyout in 2015,
  • The LRO’s advocacy role in pushing for congressional actions.

Of course, the conference will also provide an opportunity to meet with the LRO leadership team and not only hear about the foregoing topics, but to directly question the LRO leaders and voice your concerns.


A future meeting will take place in Chicago in June.


The LRO Connecton spring newsletter is now available

Read the newsletter for updates on pensions, the ALU announced buyout, healthcare and legislative issues. The History Corner article features the Reading Works.


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Key Alcatel-Lucent shareholder calls Nokia deal 'unacceptable'
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Nokia's network profits drop, raise concerns over Alcatel deal
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Telecompaper ~ Apr 29, 2015

Oi picks Alcatel-Lucent for data transmission network change
Telecompaper ~ Apr 29, 2015

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[Verizon Press Release] Verizon Announces Software Defined Networking Strategy
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House conservatives finalizing new O-Care replacement plan
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Supreme Court tosses ruling in favor of ObamaCare mandate
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Democrats take aim at ObamaCare 'Cadillac' tax
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Medicare-Provider Penalties, Incentives Detailed in Report
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How One Woman Is Working To Transform The Healthcare System From Within
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Obamacare Leaves Behind Millions Of Lower Income Workers
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ObamaCare penalty could be too low, analysis finds
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Apr 24, 2015

Did The GOP Just Surrender On ObamaCare?
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Thousands May Have Been Shorted On Insurance Subsidies After Calculation Error
By Michelle Andrews; Kaiser Health News ~ Apr 24, 2015

Angry Over Drug Prices, More States Push Bills for Pharma to Disclose Costs
By Ed Silverman; The Wall Street Journal ~ Apr 24, 2015

Senate Democrats Push Back on Obama Plan to Tighten Broker Rules
By Dave Michaels; Bloomberg ~ Apr 24, 2015

Bell Labs Continues to Change Our World
By Matt Brunk; No Jitter ~ Apr 24, 2015

Kicking the can on Social Security
By Brenton Smity, The Hill – April 24, 2015

GAO: Has Multiple Cyber ‘Incidents’
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Senators fret about Social Security cuts to cover student loan debt
By Peter Schroeder; The Hill ~ Apr 23, 2015

AlcaLu boss to go without 2.4 mn euro 'golden parachute' after Nokia takeover
From AFP; ETTelecom ~ Apr 23, 2015

Hello? 8M phone calls unanswered as IRS cut taxpayer service
By Stephen Ohlemacher; The Associated Press ~ Apr 22, 2015

House report: Cash-strapped IRS prioritized bonuses, union activity over helping taxpayers
Fox News ~ Apr 22, 2015

Bill to repeal health insurance tax gains steam in House
By Sarah Ferris; The Hill ~ Apr 22, 2015

Health law brings growth in food stamps in some states
By Carla K. Johnson & David Mercer; The Associated Press ~ Apr 22, 2015

Five Years Later: Obamacare’s Dim Prospects
By Robert Moffit PhD; Medpage Today ~ Apr 22, 2015

Healthcare groups object to Medicare cuts in trade bill
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Apr 21, 2015

U.S. retirement confidence soars despite grim realities
By Mark Miller; Reuters ~ Apr 21, 2015

Social Security proposals go the wrong way: Our view
The Editorial Board; USA TODAY ~ Apr 20, 2015

ObamaCare court fight escalates
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Apr 20, 2015

Seeking Obamacare alternative, U.S. Republicans eye tax credits
By Susan Cornwell; Reuters ~ Apr 20, 2015

Social Security number removed from Medicare cards
By Andrew V. Pestano; United Press International ~ Apr 20, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent launches ONT with gigabit Wi-Fi, improved service activation
By “Lightwave Staff”; Lightwave ~ Apr 20, 2015

Why Nokia’s Blockbuster Merger Turned Into Such a Mess
By Kevin Kelleher; TIME ~ Apr 20, 2015

GOP divided on Medicare overhaul
By Rebecca Shabad; The Hill ~ Apr 19, 2015

The ObamaCare Effect: Hospital Monopolies
By Marty Makary; The Wall Street Journal ~ Apr 19, 2015

GOP presidential contenders talk entitlement reform
By Eric Bradner; CNN ~ Apr 18, 2015

Jorg Erlemeier to Lead Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent Integration
By TA Staff; TeleAnalysis ~ Apr 18, 2015

GOP Senator Explains GOP's Biggest Fear If Obamacare Goes Down In Court
By Sahil Kapur; Talking Points Memo ~ Apr 17, 2015

Obama signs $200 billion 'doc fix' bill
By Jordan Fabian; The Hill ~ Apr 16, 2015

Higher Interest Rates Will Finally Reward Savers
By Dunstan Prial; Fox Business ~ Apr 16, 2015

Abnormal 2014 For Corporate Pensions
By Timothy W. Martin; The Wall Street Journal ~ Apr 16, 2015

U.S. pensioners risk overestimating Social Security benefits
By Mark Miller; Reuters ~ Apr 16, 2015

Deal Reached on Fast-Track Authority for Obama on Trade Pact
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By Matthew Campbell, Adam Ewing & Marie Mawad; Bloomberg ~ Apr 16, 2015

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Nokia Leaves Alcatel Name in Dust in Bid for Brand Reboot
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Nokia Takeover Fulfills Alcatel Chairman’s Vision of Telecom Airbus
By Matthew Campbell, Marie Mawad &Adam Ewing; Bloomberg ~ Apr 16, 2015

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By Scharon Harding; Channelnomics ~ Apr 15, 2015

Hollande says Nokia-Alcatel must increase research activities in France
By Elizabeth Pineau; Reuters ~ Apr 15, 2015

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Flextronics in talks to buy part of Alcatel-Lucent's China business: sources
By Engen Tham & Adam Jourdan; Reuters ~ Apr 15, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent Invites You to Get on Its Cloud
By Scott M. Fulton III ; CMS Wire ~ Apr 15, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent CEO says rebuffed Nokia's interest in mobile only deal
By Leila Abboud & Gwenaelle Barzic; Reuters ~ Apr 15, 2015

Nokia & Alcatel-Lucent: What's Going On?
By Ray Le Maistre; Light Reading ~ Apr 15, 2015

Nokia to buy Alcatel-Lucent
By Jussi Rosendahl & Leila Abboud; Reuters ~ Apr 15, 2015

Opinion: Where Government Excels
By Paul Krugman, New York Times – Apr 10, 2015

Despite 'doc fix,' some doctors still face cuts
By Sarah Ferris; The Hill ~ Apr 15, 2015

Obama makes new push on middle-class tax proposals
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Statement regarding Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent media speculation
Alcatel-Lucent Press Office

Confirmed: Nokia in Talks to Buy Alcatel Lucent
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Obamacare's Cadillac Tax Hits the College Campus
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Patients' medical records under threat from data breaches
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White House threatens veto of Republican estate tax repeal bill
By Emily Stephenson & David Lawder; Reuters ~ Apr 14, 2015

Christie To Propose Big Changes To Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid
By Rachel Stoltzfoos; The Daily Caller ~ Apr 14, 2015

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U.S. Labor Department unveils retirement brokers rule
By Sarah N. Lynch & Suzanne Barlyn; Reuters ~ Apr 14, 2015

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By Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Apr 13, 2015

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IRS declares victory on ObamaCare as filing season ends
By Bernie Becker; The Hill ~ Apr 12, 2015

5G Evolving Quickly and That May Be a Problem
By Carl Weinschenk; IT Business Edge ~ Apr 13, 2015

Republicans seek new rules for IRS
By Jesse Byrnes; The Hill ~ Apr 11, 2015

New Nokia Equipped to Make a Deal With Alcatel-Lucent
By Tara Lachapelle & Adam Ewing; Bloomberg ~ Apr 13, 2015

It’s time to repeal tax on Social Security benefits
By Scott Burns; The Dallas Morning News ~ Apr 11, 2015

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By John Timmer; Ars Technica ~ Apr 11, 2015

How Alcatel-Lucent Has Quietly Bounced Back
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New CMS rule would delay deadline for e-records data
By Sarah Ferris; The Hill ~ Apr 10, 2015

Medicare agency: House bill not quite a 'doc fix'
By Sarah Ferris; The Hill ~ Apr 10, 2015

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By Ben Steverman; Bloomberg ~ Apr 10, 2015

Obamacare push on last chance in Montana, fading in other states
By Letitia Stein; Reuters ~ Apr 09, 2015

Gallup: Most Americans Still Unhappy With Obamacare
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Obama: Healthcare law critics make their 'last gasp' in Supreme Court
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Conservatives Push for Fully Paid 'Doc Fix' Deal
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IRS funding pleas don't 'pass the laugh test,' Republican says
By Bernie Becker; The Hill ~ Apr 08, 2015

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IRS deadline extended for ObamaCare customers sent the wrong tax form
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Obamacare Pinches the Poor
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Look who's retiring later
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Senate Has New Deadline to Avoid Doctors' Medicare Cuts
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Information concerning the availability of all the explanatory documentation to the Shareholders’ Meeting to be held on May 26, 2015
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White House scoffs at ObamaCare ‘doomsday prophecies'
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White House's New Claim: Obamacare Helps U.S. Economy Grow
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Alcatel-Lucent Revenue Boost Seen From FX Tailwind
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Obama’s claim the Affordable Care Act was a ‘major reason’ in preventing 50,000 patient deaths
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WECO SAGE is a group formed by computer pioneers who worked for Western Electric Company in the 1950s and 1960s installing an Air Defense System for the United States Air Force. The members of this Group have maintained their personal, and in some cases professional, relationships for over 50 years. The Group, whose members once numbered in the hundreds, meet on an annual basis at different locations throughout the country. The 2014 meeting of the WECO-SAGE Alumni Group was held from May 15th through the 18th at the Hampton Inn Historic District in downtown Bradenton, Florida. Contact Ron Trettau.

Club WECO-AT&T-Bell Labs-Lucent Technologies-Teletype-NCR-ALU. This group is intended primarily as a forum to connect (network) and maintain communication between past and/or current members. THE TELECOM REUNION was held on Dec.12. Click here for video of the event. Contact Jim Simak.

eX TELETYPE is for ex-Teletype Employees to keep in touch. Teletype Corp. was located in Skokie, IL and Little Rock, AK. The Spring gathering of Teletype and Lucent people and friends will be on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, starting at 5:00 P. M. As usual it will be at Riggio's Restaurant on the North side of Oakton just  West of Milwaukee Ave. in Niles.

Join us for an evening of fellowship and good food. Pizza is the main menu but other food is also available....Contact John Furno.

lucent5-5 is for Lucent retirees who took the special 5+5 voluntary retirement on July 13, 2001 (or wish they could have!). Its purpose is to keep in touch, to help provide support for working with the Lucent Pension folks, and to talk about Lucent in general. To subscribe, send an email to

PCLUCENTALUM This group was set up to facilitate communication between ex-Lucent employees in Northern California. Send email to