NRLN DuPont Retirees Chapter


From the Chapter President and Co-Founder , Paul Kende and Jim Odle

March, 2023

Jim Odle, President, DuPont Retirees Chapter, (left) and NRLN President Bill Kadereit discuss retirement issues with Audrey Smith, Senior Policy Advisor, for Senator Joe Manchin (WVA)

To: NRLN DuPont Retirees Chapter Members 

From: Jim Odle, President, DuPont Retirees Chapter  

Subject: Winter 2023 NRLN Meeting in Washington, DC 

I attended the NRLN late Winter meeting in Washington, D.C. on February 27, 28 and March 1, 2023, with other NRLN association and chapter members from all over the country. On the first day, Monday, we heard presentations from the NRLN staff on details for the focus areas for the meeting (more about these below). We also had an excellent presentation on Medicare Advantage and ACO REACH by representatives from the Kaiser Family Foundation.  

On Tuesday and Wednesday, attendees visited members of Congress and their staffs on The Hill to advocate for legislation on issues important to retirees. As usual, I chose to meet with Senators from states with a concentration of DuPont/Corteva retirees and met with staff members from the offices of Senator Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Senator Joe Manchin (West Virginia), Senators Young and Braun (Indiana) and Senator Chris Coons (Delaware).  

In the photo, I’m on the left and NRLN President Bill Kadereit is on the right. We are discussing retirement issues with Audrey Smith, Senior Policy Advisor, for Senator Manchin. 

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You should have recently received an email with the February edition of NRLN Review which gives a summary of the topics that were covered and proposed legislation. 

  • Pension de-risking and compensate for loss of PBGC insurance and other protections guaranteed by ERISA. 
  • Reduce cost of prescription drugs and incentivize domestic production. 
  • Prevent privatization of Medicare (issues with Medicare Advantage plans). 
  • Recover Delphi salary employees’ pensions. 
  • Pass Health Care Tax Credit and make permanent.  
  • Provide Medigap Plan prices on the CMS website (benefits are virtually the same, but premiums vary).  

If you would like more information, just send me an email and I will send more details. You can also read more about these issues and NRLN positions at the NRLN website by clicking on the legislative agenda link at the NRLN main website ( 

Best Regards,  


December 2022 Chapter Update:

Your comments and questions are welcome.

Jim Odle
President and Co-Founder

Paul Kende

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Welcome current and future DuPont retirees –The NRLN (National Retirees Legislative Network) is a nationwide organization that advocates for federal legislation to protect retiree benefits including pensions, company provided healthcare, Social Security, Medicare, and lower prescription drug costs. We started this DuPont Retirees Chapter (DRC) due to concerns about the long-term security of our underfunded pension plan. With our email utility delivering key documents to our members directly, and with this webpage, we strive to be a key communication mechanism on retiree issues, as Dow DuPont carries out a plan to split into three smaller companies.

Please review our communications on pension and other retiree issues in the left column below. The most current notes are always visible, while older communications are archived in reverse chronological order. The right column below is a repository of pertinent media articles about the merger and pension issues. We hope that you will review the wealth of information on our DRC page.

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