Congratulations to the 2017 Executive board
President Tom Shimko
VP. Jeff Manor
Secretary. Ryan Schroerlucke ...
Treasurer. Leo Deraedt
2nd VP. Neal Kapoor
Sgt@arms. Jeff Martel
MEMBERS PLEASE SHARE!!!!!
Tomorrow December 6th, 2016 a Rally will be Held
at the Capitol Building (front steps) and East Lawn, 100 Capitol Ave., Lansing MI 48...933
Meet Time will be around 8:15 am
Please wear uniforms or FOP apparel. If you wish to attend, please dress warm. Parking is available at several nearby structures, however, the closest to the Capitol is 201 S Grand Ave, Lansing, MI
Many unions will be there in Solidarity. Please come help support the cause. These bills effect both active and retired members as you know. We need a strong showing.
The outside rally should conclude by 10:30 a.m. and then attendees will go into the House and Senate Gallery, the House Government Committee hearing and/or to the offices of key Representatives.
A warming tent with free coffee will be set up along with an area of phones to you can contact your legislators directly.
Please help get the word out.
Brothers and Sisters,
As you know, the Michigan FOP has been working hard on the pending lame duck legislation and contrary to what others are reporting, opposi...tion testimony was taken in the local government committee yesterday, and the FOP was the only police group present to speak in opposition.
As of today, the bills continue to sit in the House Local Government Committee with another hearing scheduled for early next week. The FOP will once again be present.
Leaders from Michigan’s top public safety groups today also announced a Dec. 5th media roundtable at Michigan’s Capitol to discuss the ways in which state lawmakers’ proposed changes to pensions and retiree healthcare will dramatically impact current and former public safety professionals.
“The media recently has put a strong focus on how public employee pension changes will affect teachers, but the fact is, these changes also will hurt law enforcement, firefighters and emergency responders,” said Robert Stevenson, Executive Director, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. “Everyone understands that the state’s budget needs to be prudent. But we cannot stand by while lawmakers short-change the people who spent their careers laying their lives on the line to keep our communities safe.”
Roundtable representatives will include the Deputy Sheriffs Association of Michigan, Fraternal Order of Police, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs, Michigan Association of Police Organizations, Michigan Fire Service Instructors Association, Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union, Michigan Sheriffs Association, Michigan State Troopers Association, Police Officers Association of Michigan and Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.
The round table will take place on Monday at the State Capitol. We will provide you with an update following that.
In the meantime, continue to contact your local legislators and encourage them to vote NO on House Bill 6074. A list of legislators and how to local yours is on our website at mifop.com.
On Tues, Dec 6th we are planning on holding a rally with other organizations on the Capitol steps at 9:00 am. We are looking for involvement from off duty officers as well as retired members. Any assistance with this would appreciated. We will update on Monday after the round table for a location to possibly meet prior to the rally.
State Lodge President
ED David Hiller testifying on behalf of the 10000 members in Mi. FOP was the only Police organization there to testify against HB 6074. #fopstrong
A few minutes ago, as expected, a package of 13 bills were introduced in the State House in Lansing, House Bill 6074-6086.
The main bill is ...HB 6074. A link can for the bill is http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2016-HB-6074
What the bill says:
If you’ve already retired, the City shall not pay more than 80% of your health care benefit. If you are already eligible for Medicare, the City shall not pay more than 80% of the annual cost of the health care benefit that is supplemental to Medicare.
If you’re currently working, no change while you’re working, however, the 80% cap on health care benefit applies immediately upon retirement.
Please continue to contact your State Representatives and State Senators and urge them to VOTE NO on House Bill 6074. A link to your reps can be found at www.mifop.com
Brothers & Sisters,
The Legislative Committee, our staff, and our lobbyist has been working dilligently on the pending issues before us in the lame duck session.... Tonight we learn that bills are going to be introduced tomorrow. We don't have all the details yet, but, this will effect not only new hires, but, those currently working and even worse, those who have already retired. We will post the details as we get them, but, in the meantime, we urge you to reach out to your legislators and tell them that lame duck is not the time to take up this kind of issue and leave public employee health care alone!
State Lodge President
FOP 102 is hosting their annual children's Christmas party for active members with children under 12. The event will be Monday December 12 from 6-9pm at the Grosse Pointe Woods Community center at 20025 Mack Plaza.
Pizza, chips and refreshments provided. We will also have a magician and of course a jolly special guest.
Please bring mittens/gloves/hats/scarves for donation....
Please inbox Ryan Stanley (Milroth) by this Friday morning the 25th to reserve your spot.
Great Job Brother Puckett
It takes a village. Over the summer, Riley made a special bond with officer Puckett when he was teaching a safety camp. She told him she wanted to be a police o...fficer for Halloween because of him and our amazing officers in blue. Officer Puckett offered to let her borrow his hat for trick or treating and she was so excited. When he found out that Rileys surgery got moved to Halloween day, he decided she needed something just a little more special. He worked with the entire crew of our local public safety department and picked her up from school with 8 other officers, a K-9 unit, an EMT unit and a fire engine. Community. We found a community. This is our village. Thank you to all our amazing officers who took their time today (even coming in on an off day) to show one little girl that a community is rallying behind her. Equally as amazing is Rileys phenomenal teacher who pulled together a Halloween party this afternoon so that Riley could be a part of it. We are headed into a brutal surgery and a very long recovery with high spirits and the knowledge that we are not alone. 💗