MAPO representatives recently joined Gov. Rick Snyder (center) for the formal signing of HB 5097. From left to right are: Matt Kurda, Karoub and Associates, legislative advisor to MAPO, Rep. John Walsh, sponsor of the bill, Police Officers Labor Council Executive Committee Chair Paul Combs, MAPO Secretary/Treasurer and Michigan Association of Fire Fighters Director Fred Timpner, and Mike Sauger, President Warren POA and MAPO Executive Board member.

By Jennifer Foley, MAFF Editor with excerpts from www.michigan.gov

The wait has been long, but Gov. Rick Snyder approved a measure which removes Act 312 eligible public safety employees from earlier legislation restricting their collective bargaining rights. Snyder passed Public Act 322 of 2014, introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R-Livonia); honoring his earlier statements that he would support this change to Public Act (P.A.) 54 of 2011.

"Police officers and firefighters risk their lives daily to protect citizens across our state," Snyder said. "This legislation helps ensure these first responders continue to receive full compensation regardless of the status of their contract."

Under P.A. 54, once a contract expired public employees' wages were frozen, there were no step increases and no longevity - pay increases based on years of service. The law also prevented public employees from receiving retroactive wage or benefit increases greater than those in effect on the expiration date of the previous contract. P.A. 54 took one more swing at public employees by allowing employers to pass on up to 100 percent of health care cost increases once a contract expired.

HB 5097, now P.A. 322, no longer prohibits wage or benefit increases, including step increases, authorized under the expired contract for Act 312 eligible public employees. The law also does not prohibit retroactive application of a wage or benefit increase if the increase is awarded by an arbitration panel to a negotiated contract.

"It allows us to be able to negotiate retroactivity," said MAFF Director Fred Timpner.

Furthermore, when a collective bargaining agreement expires, Act 312 eligible employee costs for health care, dental, vision, prescription or other insurance benefits shall not exceed the employee's share under the Publicly Funded Health Insurance Contribution Act. This Act requires the employer to pay no more than 80 percent and the employee to pay 20 percent or more of health care costs or choose a Hard Cap. The Hard Cap for the employer is:
• $5,500 times the number of employees with single coverage, plus
• $11,000 times the number of employees with two person coverage, plus
• $15,000 times the number of employees with family coverage.

The amount necessary to purchase health insurance for employees that exceeds this "cap" must be paid by employees.

P.A. 322, which is supported by Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO) and Karoub Associates, legislative consultants for MAFF, takes affect immediately.

Snyder also signed HB 4624, now known as Public Act 323, sponsored by state Rep. Joe Haveman, which gives public fire department employees the right to work on a volunteer, part-time or on-call basis at another fire department as long as the employment does not conflict with their full-time fire fighter position. Public Act 323 adds fire fighting to the list of suitable part-time or volunteer positions allowed for fire fighters within their collective bargaining agreements. 

Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO) has endorsed the following candidates in the 2014 General Election to be held Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014:

Secretary of State
Ruth Johnson (R)
United States Senator
Gary Peters (D)
Attorney General
Mark Totten (D)

Representative in Congress

1st Jerry Cannon (D) 9th Sander Levin (D)
2nd Bill Huizenga (R) 10th Candice Miller (R)
4th John Moolenaar (R) 12th Debbie Dingell (D)
5th Daniel T. Kildee (D) 13th John Conyers (D)
7th Pam Byrnes (D) 14th Brenda Lawrence (D)
8th Mike Bishop (R)    

State Senator

1st Coleman Young (D) 21st John Proos (R)
2nd Bert Johnson (D) 22nd Joe Hune (R)
3rd Morris Hood (D) 23rd Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D)
4th Virgil Smith (D) 24th Rick Jones (R)
5th David Knezek (D) 25th Phillip Pavlov (R)
6th Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) 26th Tonya Schuitmaker (R)
8th Jack Brandenburg (R) 27th Jim Ananich (D)
9th Steve Bieda (D) 28th Peter MacGregor (R)
10th Tory Rocca (R) 29th Dave Hildebrand (R)
11th Vincent Gregory (D) 30th Arlan Meekhof (R)
12th Jim Marleau (R) 31st Mike Green (R)
14th David B. Robertson (R) 32nd Ken Horn (R)
15th Mike Kowall (R) 33rd Judy Emmons (R)
17th Dale W. Zorn (R) 34th Geoff Hansen (R)
18th Rebekah Warren (D) 35th Darwin L. Booher (R)
19th Mike Nofs (R) 36th Jim Stamas (R)
20th Sean McCan (D) 37th Wayne A. Schmidt (R)
    38th Tom Casperson (R)

District Representative in State Legislature
2 year term (1) position

2nd Alberta Tinsley Talabi (D) 47th Henry Vaupel (R)
4th Rose Mary C. Robinson (D) 48th Pam Farris (D)
5th Fred Durhal (D) 49th Phil Phelps (D)
6th Stephanie Chang (D) 50th Charles Smiley (D)
7th LaTanya Garrett (D) 51st Joseph Graves (R)
8th Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D) 52nd Gretchen Driskell (D)
9th Harvey Santana (D) 53rd Jeff Irwin (D)
10th Leslie Love (D) 54th David Rutledge (D)
11th Julie Plawecki (D) 55th Adam Zemke (D)
12th Erika Geiss (D) 56th Tom Redmond (D)
13th Frank Liverati (D) 57th Nancy Jenkins (R)
14th Paul Clemente (D) 58th Eric Leutheuser (R)
15th George T. Darany (D) 60th Jon Hoadley (D)
16th Robert L. Kosowski (D) 61st John Fisher (D)
17th Bill LaVoy (D) 62nd Andy Hemboldt (D)
18th Sara Roberts (D) 64th Earl Poleski (R)
19th Laura Cox (R) 66th Aric Nesbitt (R)
20th Kurt L. Heise (R) 67th Tom Cochran (D)
21st Kristy Pagan (D) 68th Andy Schor (D)
22nd John Chirkun (D) 69th Sam Singh (D)
23rd David Haener(D) 70th Rick Outman (R)
24th Anthony G. Forlini (R) 71st Theresa Abed (D)
25th Henry Yanez (D) 73rd Chris Afendoulis (R)
26th Jim Townsend (D) 74th Rob VerHeulen (R)
27th Robert Wittenberg (D) 75th Brandon Dillon (D)
28th Derek E. Miller (D) 76th Winnie Brinks (R)
29th Tim Greimel (D) 77th Tom Hooker (R)
30th Jeff Farrington (R) 78th Dave Pagel (R)
31st Marilyn Lane (D) 79th Al Pscholka (R)
32nd Andrea LaFontaine (R) 81st Dan Lauwers (R)
33rd Ken Goike (R) 82nd Margaret Guerrero DeLuca (D)
34th Sheldon Neeley (D) 83rd Paul Muxlow (R)
35th Jeremy Moss (D) 85th Annie Braidwood (D)
36th Peter Lucido (R) 86th Lisa Posthumus Lyons (R)
37th Christine Greig (D) 87th Mike Callton (R)
38th Kathy Crawford (R) 88th Roger Victory (R)
40th Michael D. McCready (R) 89th Amanda Price (R)
41st Mary Kerwin (D) 90th Daniel Garcia (R)
43rd Dennis M. Ritter (D) 91st Collene Lamonte (D)
44th Jim Runestad (R) 92nd Marcia Hovey-Wright (D)
45th Michael Webber (R) 93rd Tom Leonard (R)
46th Bradford Jacobsen (R) 94th Tim Kelly (R)
95th Vanessa Guerra (D)    
96th Charles M. Brunner (D)    
97th Joel Johnson (R)    
98th Joan M. Brausch (D)    
99th Kevin Cotter (R)    
100th Jon Bumstead (R)    
102nd Phil Potvin (R)    
103rd Bruce R. Rendon (R)    
104th Larry Inman (R)    
106th Peter Pettalia (R)    
108th Ed McBroom (R)    
109th John Kivela (D)    
110th Scott Dianda (D)    


Justice of Supreme Court
8 year term (2) positions
Justice of Supreme Court
partial term
Richard Bernstien David Viviano (I)
Brian Zahara (I)  
Circuit Court Judges
6th Circuit
Lisa Langston
14th Circuit
Kathy Hoogstra (I)
16th Circuit
Steve Fox
35th Circuit
Deana M. Finnegan
37th Circuit
Sarah Lincoln
Wayne County Probate Court
David Braxton

The Fall 2014 edition of Flashpoint publication is now available. Click below to read on.

MAFF fire stations host Fire Prevention Week events

National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 5-11, 2014. Fire Prevention Week is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The fire began on Oct. 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on Oct. 9, 1871.
Each year the NFPA releases a fire prevention week theme. This year's theme is: "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives. Test Yours Every Month!"
Locally, Michigan Association of Fire Fighters-represented departments are hosting events for the public to attend, including the following:

Chelsea Area Fire Authority Open House
Time: Noon - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19.
Location: 200 W. Middle St.
Contact: (734) 475-8755 or http://www.cafa6.org/

Macomb Township Fire Department Open House
Time: Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5.
Location: Macomb Township Fire Department Station 3, 47711 North Ave.
Contact: (586) 677-1262.
The event will include station tours and blood pressure checks. Live demonstrations will include use of fire extinguishers, firefighters rescuing victims, vehicle extrication with the Jaws of Life and fire safety for children.

New Baltimore Fire Department Annual Pancake Breakfast
Time: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12.
Location: Fire Department Hall at 36535 Green St.
Contact: (586) 725-0990.
Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Guests are asked to make a donation, which will be given to charities such as American Cancer Society, local burn camps and the Lions Club. The event will feature fire truck displays and many fire safety materials including tips for safely storing items in garages and around heaters and furnaces. There will be a 50/50 raffle and activities for children. New Baltimore 120th anniversary t-shirts will be sold to help the department support local charities.

Rochester Hills Fire Department Emergency Apparatus Display
Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3.
Location: Meijer parking lot (corner of Rochester Road and Auburn Road).
Contact: 248-656-4720 or visit www.rochesterhills.org/fire
Fire trucks, rescue vehicles and ambulances will be on display. The feature event will be a live fire demonstration.

Rochester Hills Fire Department Open House
Time: Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5.
Location: Open houses will be held at all five fire stations:
Rochester Hills Fire Station 1: 1111 Horizon Ct.
Rochester Hills Fire Station 2: 1251 E. Auburn
Rochester Hills Fire Station 3: 2137 W. Auburn
Rochester Hills Fire Station 4: 2723 Walton
Rochester Hills Fire Station 5: 251 E. Tienken
Contact: 248-656-4720 or visit www.rochesterhills.org/fire
See a live simulated fire attack at 1 p.m. at Station 1 (1111 Horizon Ct).

Rochester Hills Fire Safety Display @ Home Depot
Time: 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, Oct. 18.
Location: 225 W. Avon
Contact: 248-656-4720 or visit www.rochesterhills.org/fire
Held in conjunction with the free Kids Workshop Home Depot hosts each month.

The Village of Rochester Hills (shopping center) Fire Safety Display
Time: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11.
Location: 104 N. Adams Rd (corner of Walton Blvd. and N. Adams Rd.)
Contact: 248-656-4720 or visit www.rochesterhills.org/fire

Troy Fire Department Open Houses
Time: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5.
Location: Open houses will be held at all six fire stations:
Troy Fire Station #1 – 1019 E. Big Beaver
Troy Fire Station #2 – 5600 Livernois
Troy Fire Station #3 – 2400 W. Big Beaver
Troy Fire Station #4 – 2013 E. Maple
Troy Fire Station #5 – 6399 John R
Troy Fire Station #6 – 5901 Coolidge
Contact: (248) 524-3419.
Visitors can tour a station, meet firefighters, look at the vehicles and equipment up-close, and watch various demonstrations. Stations will provide fire prevention related handout materials along with light refreshments. There will be limited parking at Station 6. Additional parking with free shuttle at Hamilton Elementary School on Northfield Parkway.

White Lake Township Fire Department @ Home Depot Safety Day
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4.
Location: 9078 Highland Rd.
Contact: (248) 698-3335.

White Lake Township Fire Department Elementary Visits
Time: Oct. 6 – 10.
Contact: (248) 698-3335.
Visits will be made to local elementary schools to promote fire safety.

White Lake Township Fire Department Open House
Time: 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12.
Location: White Lake Township Fire Station 1, 7420 Highland Rd.
Contact: (248) 698-3335.
Visitors can meet firefighters and see fire trucks and equipment on display and spray water from the fire hose. The event includes fire safety information and demonstrations including vehicle extrication, simulated bandaging at the first aid station, blood pressure screenings, hot dogs, popcorn and face painting.

MAFF wins lawsuit filed over failure to arbitrate

Macomb Township officials were ordered to arbitrate three grievances filed by MAFF on behalf of two Macomb Township Fire Fighters in a Circuit Court ruling June 13. The decision was in response to a lawsuit filed by the Employer after MAFF filed a motion for summary disposition in an effort to compel the Employer to arbitrate the matters.

"Judge (Jennifer M.) Faunce ordered Macomb Township to participate in arbitration of three grievances," said MAFF attorney M. Catherine Farrell. "The Employer refused to arbitrate and brought a lawsuit to stop the arbitrations."

On Sept. 5, 2013, MAFF filed grievances and pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) took the grievances through the grievance procedure. The Employer alleged that the Union had not fully complied with Step Three by refusing to meet with the Township Board of Trustees. The language was ambiguous as to whether the Union was required to "meet" with the Township Board of Trustees. Judge Faunce agreed with MAFF that the issue of procedural arbitrability is for the arbitrator to decide, not the Court.

The Judge stated "... the CBA grants an arbitrator the authority to decide whether a misrepresentation or misapplication of a specific article has occurred, and the instant dispute centers on whether one of the parties has misinterpreted or misapplied the requirements under Step Three. This matter must therefore be decided by an arbitrator, rather than the Court."