Public safety employees stop bill that would've ended future retiree health benefits
House Bill 6074, which drew protest from public employees in Michigan and a barrage of calls to State Legislators will not be moved out of the House as part of a package of bills.
Early this morning, the House Local Government Committee reported that the only bill in this package that will be moved is House Bill 6075, which creates reporting requirements between public employers and Michigan Department of Treasury. This bill has no effect on retiree health care.
MAFF Executive Director Fred Timpner wanted to thank MAFF members for their support! MAFF members participated in the MAPO effort, contacting State Legislators to make this victory possible.
However, Timpner also wanted to alert members that is this a temporary win and MAFF members may be called on again soon. Republicans are expected to introduce bills as early as January 2017, after new legislators have been sworn into office, that would negatively impact public employee healthcare and pensions.
In the meantime, Legislators were clearly swayed by the overwhelming involvement of MAPO members.
MAPO: 5 contacts in 24 hours
MAFF members are urged to join the Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO) and its membership groups by having each MAFF member contact 5 Legislators in 24 hours. Starting at 1 p.m. today, Monday, Dec. 5th, MAFF members are urged to reach out to 5 Legislators by 1 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 6. This campaign follows the close of the public safety leaders roundtable before the House goes into session tomorrow.
The contacts are:
1. Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter
2. Local Government Committee Chairman Lee Chatfield
3. Rep. David Maturen
4. Representative for your District.
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5. Senator for your District.
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Thousands of public safety union members making thousands of calls and sending thousands of emails is the most impactful action we can take.
The message is simple – VOTE NO ON HOUSE BILL 6074.
With the impending transition to newly elected leaders, state legislators are addressing a number of topics in the lame duck session; leadership appointments are being made; and topics such as energy reform, clean water in Flint and a plan to tackle lead exposure are all discussed in the Nov. 21, 2016 Karoub Report.
The City of Rochester Hills is hiring multiple part-time MAFF Union Fire Fighter/Emergency Medical Technicians. The jobs are 24 hours per week. The deadline to submit applications is Dec. 30, 2016. See the Application Process for details on these job postings. All questions should be directed to the Rochester Hills Human Resources Department at (248) 656-4708.
Republicans kept control of the Michigan House and Supreme Court and have a majority in the U.S. House to go along with newly-elected Republican President Donald Trump. Karoub Associates details elections results in the Nov. 9, 2016 Karoub Report.
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The Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends program (FIRST), led by Drexel University Associate Professor Dr. Jennifer Taylor of Dornsife School of Public Health, is working to share fire fighter safety research findings with fire fighters nationwide.
FIRST is a research enterprise based at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, organized to support the United States fire and rescue service through objective data collection and analysis.Their goal is to make their research findings publicly known and free to access. An article on a recently published manuscript in the American Journal of Health Behavior can be found here.
Through a newly awarded Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) funded grant supporting FIRST's partnership with the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA), research on U.S. Fire Service safety culture will continue. More information on this research can be found here.
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By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor
Jerald James has always enjoyed coming to the aid of others, so helping his fellow Detroit EMS co-workers resolve employment concerns was a natural transition for him. Now that he’s recently retired, James is taking his next step helping others as the newest MAFF Labor Relations Specialist.
“The one thing that attracted me to the union when I started (Detroit EMS) in 1997 was witnessing employees rights not being honored or respected and watching co-workers or peers really struggle with their rights and their benefits and wages,” James said.
James represented EMS workers for nearly two decades through his various positions at Detroit EMS, including EMS Superintendent and his most recent position as EMS Captain. He begins his new career with MAFF in September.
“Once I crossed into the union world, it became very rewarding to me to win a grievance or have a phone call and get some stuff straightened out,” he said. “It made the job dually rewarding - I was delivering babies and ... getting peoples’ jobs back when they were wrongly discharged. For a lot of people you end up saving their life or their careers when no one else would or could.”
James was a MAFF Union Steward since 2014, when EMS Supervisors joined MAFF. Now MAFF representatives are hoping EMTs and Paramedics will join the union as well.
“I was actually the union president for the group when we affiliated with MAFF,” James said. “To me, it was a natural transition. I really liked what I’m doing - I wouldn’t change it. I think this is a nice group of guys I’m dealing with too,” he said of Labor Relations staff.
Karoub Associates, the legislative representatives for Michigan Association of Police (MAP) and Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO), is seeking the passage of SB 218, a bill to provide continued, comparable health care coverage to the surviving spouse and dependents of a public safety officer killed in the line of duty. The bill would also extend those benefits to a public safety officer, their spouse and dependents if the public safety officer becomes permanently disabled on the job. To read the memo from Karoub Associates to the legislature, click here.
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MAFF Representatives believe there is more to a union than just negotiating wages and benefit improvements. Equally important is the protection of members’ rights and their jobs.
Today public safety workers face many threats to their employment from municipalities looking for ways to cut costs. Protecting union jobs from privatization and downsizing measures is just one of the ways MAFF is watching out for its membership.
MAFF also steps in when members are accused of wrongdoing on the job. Public safety workers know these accusations can quickly result in criminal charges. MAFF offers legal services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. MAFF attorneys can assist with Garrity statements when it matters the most. And there is no additional cost to members for this invaluable service.
When it comes to choosing Union representation, fire fighters and EMS workers can regain control of their work environment through Michigan Association of Fire Fighters (MAFF).
MAFF provides its members with the service and support they need to focus on their jobs.
Union represented employees should never experience fear of retaliation from their own Union. Verbal and written threats from an organization hired to represent you is simply unacceptable. And Union leaders should not sign contracts without a vote of the membership.
MAFF promises to provide members with the following rights:
• Members will vote on their local stewards and board members.
• Each unit automatically selects a representative to sit on the MAFF Executive Board.
• Only members will be allowed to vote on and ratify their contract.
• Members will not be threatened by Union attorneys with a lawsuit for speaking out at Union meetings.
• They will have bylaws developed by and voted on by the membership.
MAFF also guarantees it will provide members with:
• Attorneys 24/7 at no additional cost, to assist members with Garrity statements.
• Grievance and negotiations training for local stewards.
• Experts who will inform members of their legal rights under FLMA and FLSA.