Dear Michigan State Senators and State Representatives,

The Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM) absolutely opposes the legislation as written. The bills are being rushed through without proper review. Contrary to the spin being given by supporters, these bills do not help police and fire.

The legislation as written would allow any employer, no matter how well funded, to change and eliminate retirees healthcare. This is not helpful.

POAM believes OPEB reforms are needed, but in a rush for passage, these bills are severely flawed. Let’s take some time and do it correctly.

POAM urges you to vote NO, on this flawed legislation.

Sincerely,
POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN
Kenneth E. Grabowski
Legislative Director

*This letter was sent to all state senators and state representatives by POAM.

19 responses to “A Letter to All State Senators & Representatives from POAM

Posted by KB

Thank you POAM for your continued vigilance and hard work to protect the our best interests. I am very thankful being retired, that you have not forgotten us.

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 10:32 AM

Posted by POAM

We have not, and will not. https://www.poam.net/legislative-updates/poam-secures-significant-legislative-victory/

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 3:20 PM

Posted by Jake VanWormer

Now what happens

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 10:05 AM

Posted by POAM

This is what happened: https://www.poam.net/legislative-updates/poam-secures-significant-legislative-victory/

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 3:21 PM

Posted by Jake VanWormer

What happens now??? They’ve passed something more in line with the task force recommendations.

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 10:05 AM

Posted by POAM

This is our latest update: https://www.poam.net/legislative-updates/poam-secures-significant-legislative-victory/ We will continue to keep you informed, Jake.

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 3:21 PM

Posted by M. E. Menson

Each & every POAM member (active AND retired), please personally contact, and ask ALL of your family & friends to contact, every state Rep. and Senator to oppose this legislation! It takes some legwork, but this is a life-altering issue for all of us! Solidarity alone defeats this matter! Moving forward, we collectively need to reassess who we endorse & vote for. Not ONE Democrat in the state legislature has voiced support of this & we ALL need to thank Rep. Jason Wentworth for being the ONLY Republican currently opposed to this, and whom supports us! Thank you, Mr. Wentworth!

Keep the fight strong, POAM!

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 9:02 AM

Posted by POAM

Thank you for your support! We did it: https://www.poam.net/legislative-updates/poam-secures-significant-legislative-victory/

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 3:22 PM

Posted by Scott

I agree with the POAM! I worked for what I have and now that I’m retired they want to just cancel what we agreed to?!?

Posted on December 6, 2017 at 9:51 PM

Posted by Nick Chakur

This needs to be sent to the State GOP Leadership. Most Police and Fire are conservative by nature. However if you pass this it will be the last time we vote for a State GOP Canadate for any office.

Posted on December 6, 2017 at 9:29 PM

Posted by To mitigate the middle class. Shame on these people. Not sure why so many cops and firemen are Republicans but this might wake them up!

Another Republican attempt To mitigate the middle class. Shame on these people. Not sure why so many cops and firemen are Republicans but this might wake them up!

Posted on December 6, 2017 at 7:33 PM

Posted by Kim Sivyer

I know I only gave 22 years as a cop (plus three in the U. S. Army), but I worked pretty hard and at great risk. I’ve not stopped working since I retired 15 years ago. Please don’t pass this. It will hurt me and countless others in my position.
Respectfully, Kim Sivyer retired RTPD.

Posted on December 6, 2017 at 6:15 PM

Posted by POAM

Thank you very much for your service, Kim. Here’s our latest update: https://www.poam.net/legislative-updates/poam-secures-significant-legislative-victory/

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 3:26 PM

Posted by Edwin & Beverly Pifer

We Do not feel that this is fair to all POAM.

Posted on December 6, 2017 at 5:23 PM

Posted by Mike

So this is what its comes to. We proud professionals having to beg and plead with these politicians just to keep the scraps of benefits we earned with our blood, sweat and sometimes lives. These same politicians who have never strapped on a gun and badge or left their home not knowing whether they’ll be shot,stabbed,assaulted or run over. I am sure that if one of these politicians were trapped in a room with a 250 lb parole absconder vowing not to go back to prison they would have a new outlook on what we deserve.

Posted on December 6, 2017 at 5:22 PM

Posted by Gary Marchetti

With all due respect, way to gentle in your approach Ken. This is the same group who stated they would not tax our pensions LIE….same group who stated that they would never go after retiree health care LIE….same group that allowed Detroit first responders to LOSE HEALTH CARE, and have pensions reduced and yet whines about Federal mandates and their withholding of shared revenue, yet they want to dictate to a local municipality what they can and cannot offer as benefit packages, and refuse to release the money they REALLOCATED from the teachers? Governor Snyder has the temerity to classify us as “historic liabilities”?, and is meeting with the “no votes” trying to insert a back door deal?? Famous song by The Who says it all:
https://youtu.be/zYMD_W_r3Fg

Posted on December 6, 2017 at 5:09 PM

Posted by POAM

Hey Gary, thank you for your comments and your opinion. We appreciate them all.

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 3:29 PM

Posted by John MacDiarmid

I support the recommendations of POAM 100%!!!!!

Posted on December 6, 2017 at 5:04 PM

Posted by POAM

Thank you for your support, John!

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 3:29 PM

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