POAM Membership Update

POAM Lame-Duck Update; CALL TO ACTION – 12/7/2018

Thank you to all the POAM members who have contacted their Senator and Representative this week. Your engagement is working!

Senate Bill 1209 which would increase your health care premiums by allowing municipalities to pool retiree health care costs with active employees was voted on by the full Senate yesterday. Because of your efforts, this legislation was defeated! However, there is a strong likelihood the Senate will revote on this bill next week. Please continue to contact your State Senator and urge them to vote no on Senate Bill 1209.

There is also a strong push to vote on Senate Bill 1260 which mandates 2-year union recertifications. Please urge your State Senators and State Representatives NO vote if this bill comes before them for a vote.

You can find your state Senator by clicking here. You can find who your State Representative is and their contact information here.

We expect the lame-duck legislative session to end on December 20. Over the next 2-weeks, there are numerous bills we are watching and engaged on. We have had dozens of meetings with legislators and the administration to discuss legislation that could impact POAM members. We have your back in Lansing and will continue to keep you apprised of legislative activity.

Kenneth E. Grabowski

POAM Legislative Director

Call to Action! – 12/6/2018

Senate Bill 1260 was just introduced by Senator Arlan Meekhof (R- West Olive). The legislation requires a bi-annual union certification vote. This is another lame-duck attack on unions and our ability to collectively bargain.

The Senate Competitiveness Committee voted the bill out of committee today and we expect this legislation could be taken up by the full Senate as early as next week.

Senate Bill 1209 was introduced by Senator Phil Pavlov and House Bill 6531 was introduced by Representative Jim Lower. These bills allow municipalities to pool retiree health care costs between active employees and retirees. Allowing this “pooling” will result in increased health premiums for public safety employees.

Please contact your State Senator and State Representative and urge them to vote NO on SB 1260, SB 1209 and House Bill 6531. You can find your state Senator by clicking here. You can find who your State Representative is and their contact information here

When you contact your Senator and Representative, please be respectful, but share your opposition to this legislation and how this bill would significantly harm POAM members across Michigan.

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