Working Together - We DID it!
The legislation passed (Senate Bills 686 - 701 and House Bills 5298-5313) by the Michigan House and Senate follows the Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government Task Force recommendations and protects the financial stability of our communities while honoring the promise to fund health care and pension benefits for active and retired police officers and fire fighters.
The labor/management coalition of Michigan police officers, fire fighters, police chiefs, fire chiefs, sheriffs, deputies and prosecutors thank Governor Snyder, House and Senate leadership and members of the legislature for their commitment to protecting the benefits of first responders and continuing open, thoughtful conversation with our members throughout the process.
Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley announced this week that he was passing management of his part-time legislature ballot initiative to State Board of Education member Tom McMillin. This change in leadership positions Calley to launch a campaign for Governor- a move many in Lansing have anticipated for a long time. In announcing the hand-off, they also disclosed that the effort had garnered only half the signatures required to put the proposal on the ballot- meaning they must gain the other half in less than two months.
Beth Clement was sworn in as a Michigan Supreme Court Justice on Friday. She fills the vacant seat left by Joan Larsen’s appointment to the Federal Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit. Clement has held various roles in Governor Rick Snyder’s administration since 2011, and most recently was Snyder’s Chief Legal Counsel. Her undergraduate and law degrees are both from Michigan State University.
The Snyder administration called for greater transparency from oil company Enbridge this week after it disclosed information that a majority of Line 5 pipeline anchor points that had been inspected had coating gaps. This differs from a report given a year ago that no coating gaps existed in the pipeline, and brings even more public scrutiny to maintenance of the pipeline.
The winners of the special elections in the 1st and 109th house districts, Tenisha Yancey and Sara Cambensy, were sworn into office this week. Their addition to the House will bring the House Democratic Caucus to 47 members.
The OPEB reform legislation has heated up over the last 10 days. Rumors are flying that legislation will be introduced on November 28th or 29th in both the House and Senate. The bills will receive a quick hearing in both chambers. The goal is to have final passage of the legislation before the break for the Christmas holiday. Currently, our understanding they are working on Draft 8 of the legislation. We are not clear what will be in the final draft but have been told that it will be close to what we have seen in weeks prior.
A rally has been planned for November 29th from 9 am – 2 pm on the steps of the capitol. We hope to have a strong turn out of retired and active police officers and fire fighters.
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Register Now for MPFFU Member Orientation Classes
From brand new member to seasoned vet - this class has something for you. Great overview of our Union, how it works, and what resources are available to you. The class is free but you must register to attend. If you were hired after June 30, 2016, your local will be paid $50 if you attend! Anyone can attend at any location. More detail can be found on the calendar of events located on this website to the right. Register by calling 734-675-0206 or email: email@example.com
- December 18th - Rochester Hills Fire Department
- December 19th - Dearborn Heights Fire Station
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.
ANYONE that meets the critera listed on this webpage should FIRST SUBMIT A WORKERS COMP CLAIM with your employer.
After that workers comp claim has been submitted you should than complete the application for benefits on the LARA website listed above.
If you have any questions on the administration of this fund, you may also contact the Claims Processing Division at 517-284-8912. Call the MPFFU office for other general questions. 734-675-0206.
What's New at MPFFU A021 Fire Fighters Assistance Program
Confidential FFAP Hotline: 1.888.731.FIRE Available 24/7
Free CONFIDENTIAL telephone assistance for MPFFU members, retirees, and their families
Get answers to your questions and concerns.
Find resoucres for information, treatment, and support.
Know your conversation is confidential.
Get referrals to quality professional care.
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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.