Official POAM Statement on Senate Bills 686-701

After we published all 16 Senate Bills, many of you have been asking for a breakdown. Our official statement is below.
“As we continue to engage on the recently introduced pension of OPEB legislative package, these are the core principles we are fighting for:
  1. Maintain our ability to collectively bargain.
    Many of these financial issues are being addressed locally through collective bargaining. We cannot support any legislation that takes away our ability to negotiate through the collective bargaining process.
  2. Protect our benefits that have been promised.
    POAM members put their lives on the line every day. We cannot support legislation that impacts the promises made in collective bargaining agreements. These promises were made, and they need to be kept.
POAM will continue advocating for our core principles and oppose things that erode our rights. Know that we are on the front lines fight for your benefits and the ability to collectively bargain.”

5 responses to “POAM Statement on Senate Bills 686-701

Posted by Craig Bell

I can’t believe the number of municipal employees who don’t know anything about this!!! Everything I see in the press says “Police and Fire….”. I think if more people, including the press, were more aware that this would effect a lot more people than just Police and Fire, there might be more concern and support. Aside from POAM and the fire unions, where is everyone else?? I would also like to know how many people this would effect. I’m sure it’s in the tens of thousands and if the public knew that, there might be more interest and outrage. I am calling a local media person I know, and perhaps, he can help get the word out to let people know just how destructive these bills are for MANY Michigan families.

Posted on December 6, 2017 at 7:50 AM

Posted by Charles Lux

2:03pm UPDATE: By a vote of 4-1, the Senate Committee on Michigan Competitiveness just passed legislation that will gut health care and pensions for police officers, firefighters, and municipal employees.
The bills are now headed to the full Senate.
This is from Senator David Knezek ( D ). The POAM has to quit backing Republican candidates. Governor Snyder was backed by POAM and lied to your faces about Right to Work (Anti Union) and tax on pensions. WAKE UP !. The republicans don’t give a shit about police officers or firefighters or teachers. They are anti union.

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 5:36 PM

Posted by Frank wood

I can’t believe issues concerning pay, benifts, retirement,and ability to bargain is even being discussed when it comes to police officers and 1st responders. Police work is a job x10, it’s a job most people can’t do or walk away from.
A policeman/policewomen should make at least a third of what a top professional athlete makes with all the perils that come their way. And since most police employers don’t play fair bargaining should be mandatory with retro for delays.

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Posted by Bill Lynch

If you haven’t already written your State Senator with your concerns, SHAME ON YOU! You must let them know they are being watched, and that you are telling everyone else to see what they do!

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 12:40 PM

Posted by william trout

leave us alone! ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL….And remember….We VOTE too!

Posted on December 4, 2017 at 3:51 PM

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