Michigan Association of Fire Fighters

CONTRACT

“The financial gains made in this contract are noteworthy, but more importantly, some of the internal procedure changes that were made will make Woodhaven Fire Department even more attractive for new hires and make it a better place to work,” said MAFF Labor Relations Specialist Gary McSweeney. “Mainly, having the promotion procedure documented and clearly defining their rank structure are significant improvements in this bargaining agreement.”

Contract Duration: 3-year agreement ratified Feb. 4, 2022 and effective 7-1-21 to 6-30-24.

Wage Increases:
3% increase effective July 1, 2021.
2% increase effective July 1, 2022.
2% increase effective July 1, 2023.

Fringe Benefits: Added Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a paid Holiday.

  • Employees may receive payment for: up to 2 unused Personal Days per year; 60 hours of unused Compensatory Time, twice per year; and unused earned Sick Time on a prorated basis annually.
  • Vacation Time may be taken as single days. Previously, Employees were required to take Vacation Time as 2-week blocks of time.
  • The residency requirement was extended from 25 miles to 30 miles from the City border.
  • Increased Part-Time Paramedic bonus based on the number of hours worked in a calendar year.
  • Increased clothing and equipment allowances for Full-Time Employees from $650 to $750 per year. Established clothing and equipment allowances for Part-Time Employees based upon hours worked in a calendar year as follows: 576 hours = $200 allowance; 850 hours = $300 allowance; and 1,200 hours = $400 allowance.

Manning & Safety: Allow all fire personnel to respond to an “ALL CALL.” Previously, only Employees living within 5 miles of the City could respond.

  • Established better shift filling procedure to reflect current practices.
  • Defined promotion criteria and procedure as follows: 100-point system with 50% based upon written exam, 25% based on oral interview, and 25% based on seniority.
  • Created “No Fault Call-Off” procedure for Part-Time Employees, allowing them to earn call-offs based upon hours worked during a calendar year.

Life Insurance: Amend life insurance for Part-Time Firefighters to include double indemnity for line-of-duty death during the period in which they are on duty. Amend life insurance for Full-Time Firefighters to include double indemnity for line-of-duty death during the term of their employment.

Bargaining Team: MAFF Labor Relations Specialist Gary McSweeney, Local Union Full-Time Steward Captain Ron Hawkins, Alternate Full-Time Steward Sgt. Joe Kowalczyk, Part-Time Steward Bill Vigilante and Alternate Part-Time Steward Josh Varcie.