40 years and still growing
By Fred Timpner, MAFF Executive Director
Forty years ago this month (December 2023), several local police agencies came together to form a new law enforcement Union. Out of that meeting, the Michigan Association of Police and the Michigan Association of Public Employees were formed. Shortly thereafter, the Michigan Association of Fire Fighters was also created.
As a new Union, MAFF was established based upon the following bedrock principles:
- Every local unit, regardless of size, has a seat on the Executive Board of the Union.
- The Union will be guided by the understanding that the Union works for the members, not the members working for the Union.
- Labor Relations Training will be provided to members and their local leaders.
On Feb. 7, Governor Gretchen Whitmer presented her recommendations for a balanced fiscal year 2025 state budget totaling $80.7 billion, which includes $14.3 billion in General Fund and $19 billion in School Aid monies.
Line items in the budget focused on improving public safety and public health, lowering costs, expanding educational opportunities, economic development, and rebuilding the state's infrastructure.
By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor
In the wake of the pandemic, Michigan Pizza Hut management wanted to show their support to the local communities they serve by helping area fire departments and firefighting organizations, including Michigan Association of Fire Fighters (MAFF).
During the month of October 2023, roughly 75 percent of the 38 Pizza Hut’s located in the state helped raise funds for firefighting equipment and various items benefiting area departments.
MAFF members and their families are encouraged to apply for a $2,500 Carl Parsell Scholarship for the 2024-2025 academic year by the March 1, 2024 deadline.
Scholarships are awarded to deserving college bound students who desire assistance with their college tuition. Last year, two Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarships were awarded. The mission of The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund is to assist members and their families who are motivated to improve society by enhancing their future careers through a college education.
Governor Gretchen Whtimer highlighted her plans to expand educational opportunities, lower costs and boost economic development in her State of the State address Jan. 24. Some of her objectives include: investing $1.4 billion to build or rehabilitate 10,000 affordable homes, providing the first two years of community college free to all Michigan high school graduates, access to free pre-Kindergarten for every 4-year-old, and authorizing the final $700 million in bond funds for repairing roads.