Cadillac Firefighters Local 704
It is with deep regret that we inform you of the unexpected passing of our local president Lt. Mark Feister. Moving forward we are in the process of getting the help needed for our guys and arrangements are being made by the family. All of us at local 704 greatly appreciate the thoughts, the kind words and the continued support from all of our brother and sisters during this hard time. We will have more information as it becomes available.
Cadillac Firefighters Local 704
2017 FIRE OPS Event for Legislators
The Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union held its annual Fire OPS event for members of the Michigan Legislature on April 17th. This event gives elected officials an opportunity to get a hands-on glimpse into the the many facets of the every day duties and responsibilities of a firefighter/paramedic in Michigan.
This years participants included Representatives Tommy Brann, Tom Barrett, Brian Elder, Abdullah Hammond, Leslie Love, Jeff Noble, Jenell Jones, Terry Sabo, Tom Cochran, and Donna Lasinski as well as representatives for Kelley Cawthorne Consulting.
The MPFFU would like to thank LCC for hosting the event and David Weisenberg and Melissa Yutzey for organizing the event. In addition, several LCC instructors, Local 421 members, and members of the MPFFU Politicial Education Committee assisted and contributed to making the event a great sucess. More pictures can be found here.
Governor's Task Force Report On Municipal Retiree Benefits Will Be Released Soon.
The task force created by Governor Rick Snyder to address the unfunded health care and pension liabilities associated with the 334 local governments that provide such benefits to their employees has completed its work and the report will be made public sometime soon.
“My goal for this task force was to have collaboration among legislators, state and local government officials, and employee representatives to ensure the financial stability and effective delivery of local government services for the coming decades,” Governor Snyder said in a statement announcing the Task Force. “As we discuss this growing financial problem across the state, it is imperative that we also keep retirees in mind who rely on these programs.”
The issue of health care and pension unfunded liabilities has become a major issue and came up during December’s lame duck agenda as a possible last-minute item to clear before the start of the new Legislature. But the complexity of the issue crumbled under its own weight, setting it for returning legislators as a priority for this term.
MPFFU President Mark Docherty was appointed to the task force which was comprised of subject matter experts representing labor and management, investment managers, insurance financial professionals and legislators. Governor Snyder tasked the group to provide recommendations on pension and health care reforms.
Recorded Webinar Training Sessions Now Available
Would you like to learn more about being a "Union Officer"? The MPFFU recently offered a series of webinars to provide helpful information to current union officers and other union members that may want to become union officers in the future. These webinars were recorded and now you can view them anytime! Click on the tab labeled "Webinars to Watch Now" in the heading near the top of this page to see the list of available webinars.
First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund - Application for Benefits
Pursuant to Public Act 515 of 2014 the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund was created.(AKA Cancer Presumption Law) The Director of the Workers' Compensation Agency is the administrator of the Fund. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has created a webpage explaining the process to apply for benefits.
There are still many unanswered questions regarding how the funding is going to be distributed. According to the website, a list of potential claimants is being created and applications will be logged based on the date they are received by their office.
Anyone that meets the critera listed on this webpage should submit an application to get your name on the list. We will provide more information when it becomes available.
If you have any questions on the administration of this fund, you may also contact the Claims Processing Division at 517-284-8912.
LEGISLATIVE LOG THROUGH JUNE 23, 2017
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MPFFU License Plate
The branch offices of the Secretary of State now require individuals to provide proof of MPFFU membership to obtain the MPFFU License Plate. You must show either your IAFF membership card or a letter from the MPFFU verifying that you are a member or eligible retiree to obtain the plate. Please call 734-675-0206 to obtain a proof of membership letter. If you see a non-member with the MPFFU plate on their vehicle, please contact the MPFFU with the plate number. The SOS will make the individual return the plate if they are not a member of our organization.