Michigan Association of Fire Fighters

CONTRACT

“We were quite happy about the 457 matching for the Full-Time folks. That was the new dollar for dollar match this year. Paid-on-Call had matching 403B’s from the Township. We had 457’s before but it wasn’t matching by the Township,” said Gordon Gummerus, Green Oak Township Firefighters Local Union President. “For Paid-on-Call, Longevity Pay is newly added this year. We’re very happy about that … and the increase in matching their retirement accounts (up to $6,000) was very good for them. With the way the economy is going, we asked for more (of a pay increase) with the first year. Drone Operators were added to the specialty certifications, which is happening with many other public safety departments. In Livingston County, we have a Drone Team which our members are part of. They have a couple of drones on our apparatus and we use them for search and rescue when people are lost in the woods and in the Metro Parks that we have multiple of. We can search for them with a birds eye view. It’s a tool we’ve used quite a few times. The high point (for pensions) was we got 55/25 because we were trying to get folks to be able to retire earlier than age 60.”

Wage Increases:
4.5% increase effective April 1, 2023.
3% increase effective April 1, 2024.
3% increase effective April 1, 2025.
3% increase effective April 1, 2026.
3% increase effective April 1, 2027.

Fringe Benefits: Vacation Time was increased from 72 hours the first year and 120 hours every year thereafter to 120 hours the first year and 168 hours every year thereafter for Full-Time Employees. Drone Operators were added to the list of specialty assignments and will be paid $31 per hour. Longevity Pay was added for Paid-on-Call Employees and is paid on the following anniversary years only:

  • 5 years of service = $500
  • 10 years of service = $500
  • 15 years of service = $500
  • 20 years of service = $1,000
  • 25 years of service = $1,000
  • 30 years of service = $1,000
  • Every fifth year after 30 years of service = $1,000

Retirement: Adjusted MERS retirement for New Hires, and any current Full-time Firefighter who wishes to change plans, to a 2.20% multiplier with a 10-year vesting to include a 55/25 (age and years of service) with an FAC of 5 years. This new formula allows Employees with 25 years of service to retire as soon as age 55, instead of the previous age requirement of 60 years. The Employer’s maximum contribution is 10% and all Employees will contribute 8% (floating). Full-time Firefighters receive a 457-plan with the Employer providing a dollar-for-dollar match as follows:

  • $3,000 Employer match for 2023 and 2024
  • $4,000 Employer match for 2025
  • $4,500 Employer match for 2026
  • $5,000 Employer match for 2027

Retirement accounts for Paid-on-Call Employees will have a 50% Employer match up to $6,000 every year.

Bargaining Team: MAFF Business Agents Gregg Allen and Jim Steffes with Local Union President Gordon Gummerus and Stewards Gino Conedera and Christian Spencely.