A Message from MPFFU President Mark Docherty
After 8 years of Republican reign, Friday morning it came to an end! The Michigan Legislature closed out its Lame Duck session after a grueling 22-hour session that ended on Friday morning.
Once again, the MPFFU stopped the lame duck attack on our pensions and retire health care. We initiated and participated in over 40 meetings with legislators on that issue alone.
The MPFFU successfully killed SB 1209 (bill to adversely amend the way the hard cap and 80-20 is calculated) and SB 1260 (bill to require unions pay for recertification elections every two years)
Thank you for all of your calls, emails and time spent at the Capitol lobbying to stop these bills.
The MPFFU also spent countless hours participating alongside the AFL-CIO and their lobbying efforts to prevent many other anti-labor bills from being passed.
During this last 8 years of Republican control, the MPFFU stopped many, many pieces of bad legislation that would have impacted the way we bargain our wages, pensions and health benefits.
And even with all the negative bills that were introduced, the MPFFU successfully passed and funded the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund and developed a stable funding source for training fire fighters.
With your continued assistance and participation in the legislative process, we look forward to even greater success in 2019!
By now you know that almost all of the candidates endorsed by the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union, from the top to the bottom of the ticket, were elected to office on November 6th. The entire MPFFU membership should be proud of the role our organization and its members played in getting these great candidates elected. The MPFFU is also grateful for the assistance provided by the IAFF to many of our endorsed candidates.
But our work is just beginning now that we have new friends in Lansing and Washington. We must continue to be politically active and get to know these newly elected officials as well as their staffs. You may also find some doors now open to establish a better relationship with incumbents that previously refused to meet with you. Stay involved - Stay active!
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Weathering the Storm: What the MPFFU Has Done for You in Lansing?
Members sometimes ask, "What has the MPFFU done for me?". You can find out by watching this previously recorded webinar presented by MPFFU Lobbyist Melissa McKinley as she walks you through the trials and tribulations we have been through in Lansing over the past eight years. This will be an in depth look at the program she presented at the MPFFU Convention in Bay City. At the conclusion you will have a good idea of one aspect of what your state union does for you every single day.
What's New at MPFFU A021
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MPFFU License Plate
The main office of the Secretary of State will now contact the MPFFU to verify your membership as an active member or retiree in our organization prior to mailing your new or replacement MPFFU license plate. Please call 734-675-0206 if you have any questions.
If you see a non-member with the MPFFU plate on their vehicle, please contact the MPFFU with the plate number. The SOS will require the non-member to return the plate within 30 days.