MAFF members will benefit immensely if proposed changes to Public Act 54 and the state Personal Property Tax are passed by the Legislature. Currently, when a collective bargaining agreement expires, Public Act 54 (PA 54) of 2011 freezes all wages and benefits of public employees and places the burden of health care, dental, vision, prescription or other insurance cost increases automatically upon those employees. The wage freeze also applies to step increases. House Bill 5097 (HB 5097) would exempt public employees who are eligible to participate in compulsory bargaining of labor disputes under Public Act 312 from provisions in PA 54 which restrict compensation and benefits after a contract expires and prohibit wage or benefit levels in a new contract from being retroactive. House Speaker Pro-tempore John Walsh is the primary sponsor of this bill, which would benefit police, fire fighters, dispatchers and EMT's alike. Walsh told Michigan Capitol Confidential, a Mackinac Center for Public Policy news service, that legislators did not expect PA 54 to apply to public safety employees covered under Act 312. In fact, police and fire fighters were told by legislators it wouldn't apply to them. Since the law conflicts with language in Act 312 of 1969, Walsh said the Legislature can choose between passing an amendment to the current law or litigation brought by public safety employee unions.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the premier law enforcement agency tasked with securing our nation’s borders while facilitating legitimate travel and trade. CBP is the largest law enforcement component in the Department of Homeland Security and is currently hiring Border Patrol Agents. This position has many openings along the southwest border. To learn more about this position or submit your application, please follow the link to the https://www.usajobs.gov
A career with CBP offers the full range of Federal benefits including health and life insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, and retirement. In addition, CBP may offer some candidates the added incentive of student loan repayment.
All positions require U.S. citizenship and the successful completion of a full background investigation and polygraph.
• Be between the ages of 18 and 37 (age waiver for qualified veterans)
• Be a U.S. citizen and a resident for the past three years
• Have a valid state driver’s license
• Pass a thorough background investigation, polygraph test, medical examination, fitness test and drug test
Individuals looking for important and rewarding work and an opportunity to serve their country are encouraged to consider career opportunities with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. To learn more about CBP, please visit www.cbp.gov/careers
The Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball have teamed up with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to show their appreciation for Michigan law enforcement officers, corrections officers, public safety and first responders. The Detroit Tigers and the Memorial Fund invite public safety personnel, their friends, family and the general public to the 5th annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit on Monday, May 23, 2016 where the Tigers will play the Phillies at 7:10 p.m.
Discounted ticket packages start at $32.00 and each ticket includes a limited edition Detroit Tigers Law Enforcement Challenge Coin and a $10.00 donation to the National Law Enforcement Museum:
Ticket package includes:
Upper Box Infield, Lower Baseline Box, or Mezzanine ticket
Detroit Tigers/Law Enforcement Challenge Coin
$10 donation to National Law Enforcement Museum
See flyer for more information or order tickets online at www.tigers.com/law
Enjoy 18 holes of golf with refreshments on the course, lunch and steak dinner while benefitting local scholars at the 26th Annual Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing, which will be held June 9, 2016 at the Links of Novi.
Reservations are accepted on first-come first-serve basis. The cost for individuals is $110 or $440 for a foursome. Anyone wishing to sponsor a hole may do so for $250. The event includes prizes and raffles. All donations are tax deductible. Click here for more information and to print registration and sponsorship forms, which are due by May 23, 2016.
The golf outing benefits The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund, which was established in honor of Carl Parsell, a pioneer of the law enforcement union movement. Scholarships are awarded to Michigan Association of Police (MAP), Michigan Association of Public Employees (MAPE), and Michigan Association of Fire Fighters (MAFF) members and their families who are motivated to improve society by enhancing their future careers through a college education.
Funds derived from the Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing determine the number of scholarships to be awarded annually. The maximum award available per student is $2,500. Scholarship recipients will be notified by the end of May and will be formally recognized during the golf outing.
Thank you and good luck to all who applied for The 2016 Carl Parsell Scholarship. Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2016-17 school year.
In March and April, the Scholarship Selection Committee begins the selection process which is completed in May. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their status by the end of May 2016. Carl Parsell Scholarship winners are formally recognized during the 26th Annual Carl Parsell Memorial Golf Outing on June 9, 2016.
Carl Parsell Scholarships may be used to cover a portion of educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, and other required fees during the 2016-17 school year. Scholars may use the award to attend any United States accredited university, college, community college, junior college, two or four year accredited degree-granting institution, or vocational training institution that grants a certification or license. Scholarship candidates must have completed a high school education or its equivalent, on or prior to June 30, 2016.
Funds derived from The Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing determine the number of scholarships to be awarded annually. Due to an increase in funds raised because of the excellent turnout at the 2015 Annual Carl Parsell Golf Outing, MAFF will be offering up to three scholarships this year to family members of union members. The maximum award available per student is $2,500. In July and August, The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund mails Scholarship checks to each Scholar’s college or university.
All Local Executive Board Members and Local Stewards are encouraged to attend a series of Grievance Seminars being held on Fridays at the MAFF Office. The Seminars, being conducted by MAFF Executive Director Fred Timpner, will provide valuable information on key grievance issues.
Seminars on Feb. 26, April 22 and June 24, 2016 will focus on contract interpretation. Discipline will be discussed at the Seminars on March 18 and May 20, 2016. Each Seminar begins at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served. Details can be found on the website Calendar.
These Seminars are limited to 12 persons on a first-come basis. Please contact Julie Palmquist at (248) 509-7160, ext. 231 as soon as possible to make reservations.
“This is the first contract for the Chelsea Area Fire Authority bargaining unit. They previously were not an organized group,” said MAFF Labor Relations Specialist Ron Palmquist. “With the help of a state mediator, we were able to work out a final agreement that we believe is fair and equitable for both the employees and CAFA. They now have a collective bargaining agreement that both the Employer and the employees will live by. MAFF is well known for enforcing their member contracts. They agreed to pay a little bit more (toward health care and pension) in order to get the increased wages that we were able to get them. They will have a health care savings account to fund their health care when they retire - that’s not happening too often anymore. Fringe benefits were improved significantly with increased earnings and accruals in time off and the establishment of a Longevity benefit for Paid-on-Call employees when other departments are taking Longevity away.”
** First contract with MAFF.
Contract Duration: 2-year agreement, effective 1-1-15 to 12-31-16.
Wage Increases: Wage increases during the term of the contract as follows:
- 39% increase for Paid-on-Call.
- 23% increase for full-time Fire Fighters.
- 17% increase for Captains.
Union Benefits: Employees are now “Just Cause” Employees not “At-Will” Employees. Employees now have a grievance procedure with binding arbitration and a Union to represent them in resolving disputes that arise between the Employees and Administration.
Fringe Benefits: Paid Time Off (PTO) increased from a maximum of 288 hours to a maximum of 384 hours earned per year. Brought Employer in line with FLSA in determining overtime pay, which resulted in back pay for Fire Fighters. One additional Holiday for a total of 10 Holidays. Up to $500 per year Longevity payments for Paid-on-Call Fire Fighters. Additional 50 cents per hour premiums for Apparatus & Equipment Maintenance Officer, Fire Prevention/Education & Public Information Officer, MIOSHA & Information Technology (IT) Officer, Quality Assurance (Reports) & Billing Officer and Training & Continuing Education Officer.
Health Care: Employees will pay 2% of health care premiums. The Employer is opting out of PA 152 and reimbursing employees for co-pays and deductibles. Employer will pay $150 a month into a MERS Health Care Savings Program account for each full-time employee for the employee to use to fund their retiree health care.
Retirement: Maintained MERS defined benefit retirement plan increasing the multiplier by .25 cents, reducing FAC to 3 years, and adding the COLA rider E-2, 2.5% non-compounded.
Bargaining Team: Labor Relations Specialist Ron Palmquist with Association President Ian Ballard, former Association President Augustine (Augie) Syrovy, Association Secretary/Treasurer Scott Basar and Association POC Representative Chuck Downer.
Are You Ready To Retire?
Many of us think age dictates when we retire, and it does in those jobs/professions that have mandatory retirement ages. Some of us have pre-set ages in our minds; 55, 60, 62, 65. These ages can be based on reaching a certain number of years of service (i.e. 30 and out) or when your mom or dad retired; what your spouse expects, or tradition. But the question is.....are you ready?
There are two viewpoints to consider with this question: The inner you and the financial you. Both are equally important.
The Inner You
This is the area of ego (especially for us men), emotion, psychology, feeling productive, etc. We have worked all our adult lives, contributed to society, made the world a better place, and now we are done. The sudden end to the positive feelings we get from being productive can be difficult to deal with. What makes me important if I don’t have my career? Or what makes me significant if I’m not bringing home the paycheck? We must remind ourselves that we still have important meaningful roles to fulfill as spouse, parent and grandparents - our best roles! We can become invaluable assets to charities, such as churches, hospitals and children’s organizations.
What we have observed that what works best is to have some type of passion that occupies at least a part of the 168 hours God gives us every week and also occupies a portion of our minds.
When clients come to see us near retirement they will tell us of the thing that they will throw themselves into (i.e. golf) and will do this every day (36 holes a day!). Guess what happens? After two or three months (or four or five) they are sick of the activity. So when people tell us they are going to retire, we always engage them in two different, but equally important questions.
1. Are you aware retirement is an irrevocable decision? Once you retire, if you change your mind in six months your job will probably not be waiting for you. Be sure of your decision!
2. Imagine tomorrow is you first day of retirement. What does it look like? What are you doing? How do you feel?
If you are planning to retire in the next year think about these questions very thoughtfully. It is critically important that you mentally prepare for retirement just like you would a marathon or big test.
“They got 3 percent a year in wage increases, so 9 percent overall. Their increase in Longevity was 2 percent per year, which was pretty big,” said MAFF Labor Relations Specialist Joe O’Connor. “Any special call outs, like HAZMAT were paid at double time.”
Contract Duration: 3-year agreement, effective 4-1-15 to 3-31-18.
- 3% wage increase each year of the contract for 9% total.
- Fire Officers annual salaries increase by $100 each year of the contract.
Retirement: Add language for proration of Longevity.
Longevity increases by 2% as follows:
- 5 to 10 years 4%
- 11 to 15 years 6%
- 16 or more years 8%
Fringe Benefits: Add Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve as Holidays. All Holiday Pay hours will be compensated at double time. Add Fire Fighters responding to a Specialized County Team Rescue Activation Call (i.e. HAZMAT, Tech or Water Rescue) shall be paid double time their regular hourly rate of pay for all time spent on the activations.
Manning & Safety: All posted assignments (public education events) shall indicate if the assignment is paid or unpaid. Special Duty Assignment is defined as any assignment that is above or beyond the normal duties of a Paid-On-Call Fire Fighter. Job Postings language for all openings including: promotions, transfers, special team assignments, special duty assignments, mentor assignments or any other Fire Fighter job opportunities, should be posted for 30 days and the postings shall contain the requirements and qualifications for the posted position.
Bargaining Team: Labor Relations Specialist Joe O’Connor with Association President Dave Music.
Scholarship winner has impressive resume, personality
By Jennifer Foley, MAFF Editor
Carl Parsell Scholarship winner Marisa Reiss took challenging honors courses while attending Dakota High School, but that didn’t stop her from volunteering her time with various organizations and working with special needs students.
The daughter of Michigan Association of Police (MAP) member William Reiss, a City of St. Clair Shores Police Sergeant, was awarded the $2,500 scholarship for the 2015-16 school year. Marisa, who graduated with a 3.56 GPA from Dakota High, will be attending Michigan State University to major in Biology/Pre Med.
Marisa was in the National Honor Society, on the honor roll all four years, and enrolled in various Advanced Placement classes. She was in Dakota’s Medical Careers Program and employed as a secretary with Macomb Intermediate School District at Glen H. Peters School for special needs students.
“Through my medical internship at Dakota, I have the opportunity to work at Glen H. Peters School ... for mentally and physically disabled students,” Marisa wrote on her application. “This scholarship will provide much needed assistance to achieve my degree in the medical careers program.”
A Macomb Township resident, Marisa has 80 plus hours of community service, has participated in Dakota’s Varsity Dance Team for three years, and was awarded multiple MAC Red Academic Awards for athletics. She volunteers with St. Clair Shores Cops for Kids, which provides financial assistance to less fortunate families in St. Clair Shores throughout the year, serving 85 families with 300 children over the Christmas holiday. She also volunteers through the National Honor Society and at St. Malachy Catholic Church Summer Festival each year, which fundraises to assist the parish community.
“Marisa has earned her academic success, while taking many challenging, rigorous courses such as Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry, AP Biology and AP Psychology. Marisa’s resume is impressive, and equally as impressive is her personality,” wrote Dakota High School Principal Paul Sibley in a letter of recommendation. “Marisa is the type of person that will make an institution better, create a more positive work place, and will represent everyone in her life well.”
Scholarship awarded to school leader
By Jennifer Foley, MAFF Editor
Chad Quick’s proven leadership ability coupled with academic achievements and volunteer work helped him become one of two $2,500 Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund winners for the 2015-16 school year.
The son of Michigan Association of Public Employees (MAPE) member Chris Quick, City of Novi Lead Mechanic, Chad graduated with a 3.95 GPA from Detroit Catholic Central High School. He will be attending University of Notre Dame to major in Civil Engineering.
Chad was a Student Council Member, Senior Class Treasurer, Kairos Retreat Leader, JV Soccer Captain of the high school team and member of the National Honor Society. He received the Gabriel Richard Academic Award, President’s Award for Educational Excellence, A.P. Scholar Award and Catholic League All-Academic in 2014. Chad’s soccer team was district champions in 2013 and Catholic League Champions. He was awarded All-District, All-Region and All-State Honorable Mention for soccer. Chad was involved in Club Soccer, track and field, basketball and Art Club.
A United States Soccer Federation Grade 8 Certified Referee, Chad volunteers as a Parish Usher at Our Lady of Victory in Northville and served in the Boy Scouts as a Troop Guide and Life Scout and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He also participated in the Peanut Butter and Jelly Outreach, preparing food and collecting clothing for the needy. Chad built a 24-foot pole barn at Maybury State Park in Northville for his Eagle Scout project.
“I have been so active in my school and community, especially in pursuing my Eagle Rank, that I have been unable to work during the year to earn money for college,” Chad wrote in his application. “The Carl Parsell Scholarship would help me afford the University of Notre Dame. Earning a degree in Civil Engineering from Notre Dame would enable me to build municipal, domestic and environmental structure to enrich my community in the future.”
Chad, a Plymouth resident, also received an Army R.O.T.C. Scholarship.
The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund was established in 1991 in memory of the law enforcement union movement pioneer. Parsell spent an unparalleled career thinking about the welfare of the employees he represented, always taking effective actions to constantly improve their economic status, working conditions, and future. The scholarship continues his legacy of improving the lives and futures of others, through education. Scholarships are awarded each year to Michigan family members of MAP, MAPE and MAFF union members. Funds for this year’s recipients were derived from the 25th Annual Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing, held June 11,, 2015.
If you, a family member or friend is struggling with depression, hopelessness, addiction or a physical disability, Hough Counseling and Assessments can help. And there are no out-of-pocket costs for people with medical insurance through C.O.P.S. Health Trust as Hough will waive all co-pays, co-insurance or deductibles in 2016. Hough is owned and operated by Tami Hough, the wife of retired Detroit Police Officer Tom Schneider, who helped develop and run C.O.P.S. Health Trust. Our licensed counselors are familiar with the traumatic events fire fighters must endure on the job. We provide a full range of behavioral health services to clients of all ages and assessments in many areas including: academic achievement, ADHD, career exploration, cognitive and intellectual ability, substance abuse and psychopathology. Our Certified Rehabilitation Counselors specialize in all types of disabilities and our Consulting Psychiatrist assists patients who may need medication and/or hospitalization. The office is located in Troy, in the same building as MAFF corporate offices.