Passing of Thomas R Fisher - Former MPFFU 4th District Vice President
Longtime union officer Thomas R. Fisher passed away on February 12th. He was 87 years old. Tom was retired from the Southgate Fire Department where he served as Union President for many years before his promotion to Chief of the Department. Brother Fisher also was elected to the position of MPFFU 4th District Vice President and received the honor of Lifetime member of the MPFFU. Funeral arrangements and Tom's obituary can be found here.
Governor Snyder Appoints MPFFU President Mark Docherty to Task Force On Municipal Retiree Benefits
Governor Rick Snyder has created a Task Force on Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government to address the unfunded health care and pension liabilities associated with the 334 local governments that provide such benefits to their employees.
“My goal for this task force is 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,” Mr. 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.
The task force – comprised of subject matter experts representing labor and management, investment managers, insurance financial professionals and legislators – was directed by Mr. Snyder to provide recommendations on pension and health care reforms this spring.
Mr. Snyder’s staff led a workgroup on the issue about a year ago, but the governor said in December he wanted to assemble a group with a broader array of members.
The task force members:
- Judy Allen, director of legislative affairs for the Michigan Townships Association;
- David Breen, retired managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP;
- Ben Carter, executive vice president and interim leader of East Group Operations for Trinity Health;
- Nick Ciaramitaro, director of legislation and public policy for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25;
- Mark Cook, vice president of governmental affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan;
- Steve Currie, executive director of the Michigan Association of Counties;
- Bob Daddow, deputy Oakland County executive;
- Chris DeRose, CEO of the Municipal Employees Retirement System;
- Mark Docherty, president of the Michigan Professional Firefighters Union;
- Ken Grabowski, legislative director of the Police Officers Association of Michigan;
- Dave Hiller, executive director of the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police;
- Tony Minghine, associate director and chief operating officer of the Michigan Municipal League;
- Mike Sauger, president of the Michigan Association of Police Organizations;
- Mary Schulz, associate director for the Michigan State University Extension Center for Local Government;
- Michael VanOverbeke, founding partner of VanOverbeke, Michaud and Timmony PC;
- Burton Mayor Paula Zelenko, who served in the House from 2001-06;
- Rep. Tom Albert (R-Belding);
- Rep. Andy Schor (D-Lansing);
- Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland); and
- Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor).
Serving as co-chairs are Mr. Breen and Mr. Carter.
Serving as ex-officio members are Treasurer Nick Khouri, Insurance and Financial Services Director Pat McPharlin and John Walsh, Mr. Snyder’s director of strategic policy.
Credit for this story goes to Gongwer News Service.
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.
MPFFU Executive Board Member Elected to Chairman of the Michigan Joint Fire Service Council
Shaun Abbey, MPFFU 2nd District Vice President, has been elected to serve as Chairperson of the Michigan Joint Fire Service Council for a term ending December 31, 2017.
The purpose of the Council is to address the legislative and funding needs of the fire service in Michigan by:
a. Facilitating communication among members;
b. Promoting harmony of action among members;
c. Initiating, reviewing, and taking a position on state and federal programs, appropriations, and legislation that affect the fire service;
d. Annually presenting and maintaining an updated statewide legislative priority list.
Membership in the MJFSC consists of representatives from all statewide or regional fire service associations, agencies, or organizations involved in the delivery of fire related services.Congratulations to Shaun on his election to this important position.
MPFFU Members Reappointed to Emergency Medical Services Coordination Committee (EMSCC)
Glen Scafidi, Montgomery Nye, and Christopher Lake were recently reappointed to serve as members on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Emergency Medical Services Coordination Committee.
This committee is responsible to provide coordination and exchange of information on EMS programs and services, to act as a liaison between MPFFU members and the MDHHS, to advise the legislature and the MDHHS on matters concerning EMS throughout the State, and to provide recommendatons concerning the EMS system in Michigan.
Glen, Monty, and Chris also service on the MPFFU Standing EMS Committee with Lisa Martin (L1355), Christopher Lisak (L1206), Keith Anderson (L2701), Richard Terrell (L1306), Barton Perry (L366), and Melissa Medici (L1029).
Please feel free to share your thoughts and questions with the members of this committee by contacting the MPFFU office or by attending one of their quarterly meetings.
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.
Fire Fighters Assistance Program
Confidential FFAP Hotline: 1.888.731.FIRE Available 24/7
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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.