Latest Pension and HealthCare Legislative Update

Via Kenneth E. Grabowski, POAM Legislative Director

Both the House and Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committees voted on and passed the 16-bills impacting police and fire benefits today. With the passage of these bills out of committee, we expect that the full House and Senate will try and vote on these bills as early as Wednesday (tomorrow).

POAM thanks Rep. Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell) for being the only Republican to vote-no, joining all Democrats on the committee. These legislators stood up for you today. Please send Rep. Wentworth an email thanking him:

To be clear: POAM is OPPOSED to this legislation as currently drafted. It is now more important than ever to contact your representative and urge a no-vote.

You can find the contact information for your State Representative Here and your State Senator Here. Urge your legislator to:

  • Maintain our ability to collectively bargain

Many financial challenges with local governments are being addressed locally through collective bargaining process. We cannot support any legislation that takes away our ability to negotiate through the collective bargaining process. The legislation in its current form does that.

  • Protect the benefits that have been promised

We cannot support legislation that changes CBA’s that have been negotiated and agreed to. These promises were made, and they need to be kept. This legislation does not protect existing agreements.

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