By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor
Welcome to the newly designed, visually appealing, interactive MAFF website! We are excited to share our new online presence with you while providing members and prospective new members easy access to information about all of the services MAFF has to offer.
A new Members Only section has been added to provide members with information and member resources. The MAFF Office is in the process of reaching out to the Presidents of member units to provide them with details to create your Members Only accounts, so you can login to this private section of the website. As Members Only expands over time, we welcome your input about the types of items you would like to access in this section.
The website's fresh look includes quick links to articles about the experiences of new members, upcoming member training seminars, and what MAFF Full Service Representation entails.
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.
Three bills were signed into law this week improving conditions for public union employees throughout the state.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Senate Bill 169, House Bill 4230 and House Bill 4234 on Nov. 29, 2023, removing barriers for Unions representing public employees in Michigan.
“Since taking office, we have made real progress improving the efficiency of state government and making Michigan the best place to live, work, invest, and raise a family,” Whitmer said of these and several other bills she signed Nov. 29. “Today’s bills take important steps to cut unnecessary red tape … and advocate for better working conditions … among other things.”
Senate Bill 169, which was sponsored by state Sen. John Cherry (D-Flint), requires public employers to provide collective bargaining representatives with their employees’ employment and contact information.
WJR 760 AM Detroit radio station is celebrating extraordinary Michigan first responders, military and frontline workers and their famlies and you can help by nominating a deserving local family before midnight on Dec. 7.
Four special families will be honored by WJR and rewarded with gifts, spending cash and more through their annual “Christmas On Us” campaign.
All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023 to qualify.
Tune in to WJR 760 AM on Friday, Dec. 15 to hear the winning families’ stories of courage, sacrifice, and dedication in a special “Christmas On Us” edition of “Focus with Paul W. Smith” live from Guernsey Farms Dairy in Northville.
The NHL Detroit Red Wings is teaming up with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and other worthy causes for the annual Hometown Heroes Night on Thursday Dec. 7, 2023.
The 7 p.m. matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks at Little Caesars Arena is open to all first responders, public safety, law enforcement, corrections, families, friends, and the general public.
Secure your custom Fire/EMS or Law Enforcement Detroit Red Wings Hometown Heroes Jersey by purchasing your tickets today. Tickets start at just $55 and include a limited-edition jersey. Sizes and colors are based on availability.