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NAPO released the position statement, below, on proposed legislative police reform policies today, distributing it widely to members of Congress and the Senate. The statement focuses on NAPO priority issues and issues getting the most airtime in Congressional negotiations and conversations on police reform. In addition to the letters and testimony NAPO provided and the […]

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NAPO released the position statement, below, on proposed legislative police reform policies today, distributing it widely to members of Congress and the Senate.

The statement focuses on NAPO priority issues and issues getting the most airtime in Congressional negotiations and conversations on police reform. In addition to the letters and testimony NAPO provided and the conversations NAPO officials are having on the Hill, this document quickly ensures our policy positions are known to as many of the players as possible.

NAPO encourages members to use it as needed and send it to your Senators and Congressional representatives.

For questions or more information, contact Andrea Edmiston, NAPO Director of Governmental Affairs, at (703) 549-0774 or email aedmiston@napo.org

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Author: jgomori
Posted: May 6, 2021, 9:20 pm

A Berkley Public Safety Officer kept his calm while helping a woman deliver her baby inside a parked car in Royal Oak. The woman and her husband were on their way to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital when the husband got lost and called 911 for assistance. Officers from Royal Oak along with the Berkley Officer […]

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A Berkley Public Safety Officer kept his calm while helping a woman deliver her baby inside a parked car in Royal Oak.

The woman and her husband were on their way to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital when the husband got lost and called 911 for assistance. Officers from Royal Oak along with the Berkley Officer arrived just in time to deliver the baby.

Berkley Public Safety Officers are represented by the POLC.

Please click on the link below for the full story on clickondetroit.com.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: May 6, 2021, 3:42 pm

NAPO is partnering with longtime sponsor Nationwide to offer NAPO members an informative webinar on Retirement Planning. Take Control of Your Retirement Planning ~ Manage Taxes on your Retirement Income will be conducted 1-2 p.m. EDT May 18, 2021. The presentation will cover the importance of having a tax-efficient plan in retirement. This requires a […]

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NAPO is partnering with longtime sponsor Nationwide to offer NAPO members an informative webinar on Retirement Planning.

Take Control of Your Retirement Planning ~ Manage Taxes on your Retirement Income will be conducted 1-2 p.m. EDT May 18, 2021.

The presentation will cover the importance of having a tax-efficient plan in retirement. This requires a thoughtful approach to retirement planning as early as 10 to 15 years prior.

As participants transition into retirement, there are opportunities to make key decisions about what to do with retirement accounts and Social Security and where to take money from first. These decisions can impact the longevity of a retirement portfolio, how much income is lost to taxes and how much is left to heirs.

Click here to register for Nationwide’s Tax-Efficient Retirement Income (TERI) presentation.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: May 6, 2021, 3:23 pm

For the past 20 years, Tunnel to Towers Foundation has supported heroes who risk life and limb in the line of duty. Come out and support this worthy cause by participating in the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk in Jackson, Mich. Saturday, May 15 or by making a donation. The foundation was formed […]

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For the past 20 years, Tunnel to Towers Foundation has supported heroes who risk life and limb in the line of duty. Come out and support this worthy cause by participating in the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk in Jackson, Mich. Saturday, May 15 or by making a donation.

The foundation was formed in honor of fallen 9/11 FDNY Firefighter Stephen Siller.

In honor of the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation developed the ‘In the Line of Duty Program,’ which provides mortgage free homes to the nation’s catastrophically injured veterans and first responders, and Gold Star and fallen first responder’s families with young children.

To mark its 20th anniversary, Tunnel to Towers Foundation has promised to deliver 120 mortgage-free homes to our nation’s heroes by the end of 2021.

Click on the links below for more information and to register or donate to the May 15th 5K Walk & Run.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: April 29, 2021, 6:07 pm

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced metrics for reopening Michigan based on the percentage of residents ages 16 and up receiving their first vaccination doses. The ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan will ease COVID-19 related restrictions in the state in four stages:  55% of Michiganders (4,453,304 residents), plus two weeks: Allows in-person work for all sectors of […]

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced metrics for reopening Michigan based on the percentage of residents ages 16 and up receiving their first vaccination doses.

The ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan will ease COVID-19 related restrictions in the state in four stages:

  1.  55% of Michiganders (4,453,304 residents), plus two weeks:
    Allows in-person work for all sectors of business.
  2. 60% of Michiganders (4,858,150 residents), plus two weeks:
    Increases sports stadiums indoor capacity to 25%.
    Increases conference centers, banquet halls and funeral homes indoor capacity to 25%.
    Increases exercise facilities and gyms capacity to 50%.
    Lifts curfew on restaurants and bars.
  3. 65% of Michiganders (5,262,996 residents), plus two weeks:
    Lifts all indoor capacity percentage limits except for social distancing between parties.
    Further relaxes residential social gatherings limits.
  4. 70% of Michiganders (5,667,842 residents), plus two weeks:
    Lifts the Gatherings and Face Masks Order so Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will no longer employ broad mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants.

Just over 4 million (48.8 percent) of the state’s approximately 8 million residents ages 16 and up have received their first vaccine dose and 35.9% are fully vaccinated as of April 29.  However, if new cases in a Michigan Economic Recovery Committee (MERC) region remain greater than 250 daily per million when implementing steps 2 through 3, MDHHS may delay implementation in that MERC region.

Whitmer said she considered input from the state’s legislative leaders in formulating the re-opening metrics. “We may be one of the first to put together a plan of this nature,” she said.

In the past two weeks, new infections have declined 30% to 13.2 percent positive cases. Two weeks ago, the 7-day average in Michigan had spiked to the highest it’s been in the last 15 months, Whitmer said. She thanked residents who complied with her request to pause in-person learning at high schools, youth sports and indoor dining for two weeks.

MDHHS Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun warned there is still broad community spread with 19 percent of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and a positivity rate still four times as high as it was at the beginning of February.  MDHHS updated its guidance for safer K-12 schools graduation celebrations and Whitmer said the Gatherings and Face Mask Order would be revised per new CDC guidelines for outdoor gatherings.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: April 29, 2021, 3:39 pm

NAPO President Michael McHale sent a Letter to the Editor of USA TODAY in response to an editorial cartoon that was published April 13, 2021 titled “The Game of Life or Death“. The editorial cartoon depicts two paths of life: one involving a White motorist and the other a Black motorist. Both were pulled over […]

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NAPO President Michael McHale sent a Letter to the Editor of USA TODAY in response to an editorial cartoon that was published April 13, 2021 titled The Game of Life or Death.

The editorial cartoon depicts two paths of life: one involving a White motorist and the other a Black motorist. Both were pulled over by police. However, while the White driver advances to the space being sent on their “merry” way, the Black motorist’s path includes being pulled from their car and the next space is “Dead End”.

McHale expressed NAPO’s “profound disgust” with the editorial cartoon and encourages members to send their own letters to the editor.

Please click on the link below to read NAPO’s Letter to the USA TODAY Editor.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: April 28, 2021, 8:03 pm

NAPO issues a statement on the verdicts in the criminal trial of former Minneapolis, Minnesota Police Officer Derek Chauvin; The guilty verdict for Chauvin has reignited efforts in Congress to overhaul policing practices. Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), the sponsor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), the sponsor of […]

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NAPO issues a statement on the verdicts in the criminal trial of former Minneapolis, Minnesota Police Officer Derek Chauvin; The guilty verdict for Chauvin has reignited efforts in Congress to overhaul policing practices. Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), the sponsor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), the sponsor of the JUSTICE Act, have dived right in to negotiating the differences between the two bills in the hopes of coming to an agreement on a final compromise bill; NAPO is partnering with longtime sponsor Nationwide to offer NAPO members an informative webinar on Retirement Planning Tuesday, May 18; On April 9, President Biden released his budget blueprint for fiscal year 2022, which outlines his major spending priorities in his proposed 2022 Budget request expected to be released later this spring. As it is just an outline, the blueprint is fairly vague on what programs the President wants to cut or keep, offering only little snippets of his priorities within various departments, agencies and programs; Click here for NAPO’s updated “Sponsor/Cosponsor” spreadsheet which accompanies the latest “Legislative Positions” document; NAPO members have been instrumental in introducing legislation to create Blue Alert plans. NAPO, together with the COPS Office, stand ready to work with stakeholders to help enact such legislation. If you are interested in receiving information and resources on how to establish a Blue Alert plan or you wish to participate in the state-level working group, please contact the NAPO Office at (703) 549-0775 or info@napo.org; and the City of Hurst Police Department, a Civil Service Department, is seeking a Police Officer. Applicants must pre-register for the Police Officer Entrance Examination and apply for the Police Officer position online at www.hursttx.gov/openpositions. The application deadline is 5 p.m. April 29.

For more information, click on the complete April 23, 2021 Washington Report link below.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: April 26, 2021, 5:18 pm

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Bloomfield Township Maintenance Supervisors joined the GELC after years of conducting their own negotiations through an association. “We get together as a group and talk about what our needs and wants are and we present it ourselves and cross our fingers,” said Dean Begley, President of the local union. “We […]

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By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Bloomfield Township Maintenance Supervisors joined the GELC after years of conducting their own negotiations through an association.

“We get together as a group and talk about what our needs and wants are and we present it ourselves and cross our fingers,” said Dean Begley, President of the local union. “We wanted to have a little bit more knowledgeable representation about how to handle ourselves during a contract negotiation. Until now it’s just been sort of old school.”

Begley appreciated POLC-represented Bloomfield Township Police helping to guide their five-member group through the process of joining the GELC.

“We wanted representation since we’ve all been here for 20-plus years and we didn’t know how to (unionize),” Begley said.

Begley said the process with GELC Labor Rep. Jim O’Connor has gone smoothly and they are pleased with the results of their six-year agreement.

“Not having an actual contract in this day and age is probably not the best idea,” Begley said. “We just sort of went by the employees’ handbook. We wanted to get all of our rules and regulations in the employees’ contract officially. We just wanted to get something down on paper.”

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Author: jgomori
Posted: April 22, 2021, 2:32 pm

NAPO met virtually with majority staff of the House Judiciary Committee and staff for Senator Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Durbin (D-IL) to discuss our priority legislation to move during National Police Week. We discussed the need for legislation to increase penalties for the murder, attempted murder, or assault of federal, state, and local law enforcement […]

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NAPO met virtually with majority staff of the House Judiciary Committee and staff for Senator Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Durbin (D-IL) to discuss our priority legislation to move during National Police Week. We discussed the need for legislation to increase penalties for the murder, attempted murder, or assault of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers, legislation to ease requirements for officers to qualify for the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program disability benefits, the LEOSA Reform Act, and legislation to protect state and local law enforcement’s access to surplus military equipment through the Department of Defense 1033 Program; NAPO continues to communicate with Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI), the long-time sponsor of the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act, which would grant the basic rights to collectively bargain over wages, hours and working conditions to public safety officers. With the death of George Floyd and push for police reform, there are calls to amend the Cooperation Act to strip and prohibit any language that would allow law enforcement officers to bargain over accountability or disciplinary issues in their collective bargaining agreements; House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) reintroduced his Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) reform legislation, the Public Servants Protection and Fairness Act of 2021 (H.R. 2337), which NAPO strongly supports. Since most  officers must retire after specific time served, usually in their early to mid- fifties, many seek employment that pays into Social Security. Instead of receiving their full Social Security retirement benefit, their pension heavily offsets it, thus vastly reducing the amount they receive; FirstNet®, Built with AT&T, is the only network built with and for first responders and those that support their vital efforts. Created by the United States Congress to address gaps in national and local communications identified by the 9-11 Commission, FirstNet is accountable to keeping lines of communication open for law enforcement and other public safety organizations; On Aug. 22, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) reintroduced H.R. 283, creating a law enforcement officer bill of rights. NAPO strongly supports the effort to call attention to the need to protect officer due process rights during investigations; FEMA will provide financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to COVID-19 to help ease some of the financial burden caused by the pandemic. This assistance is capped at $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.

For more on these and other legislative measures, please click on the April 9, 2021 Washington Report and related links below.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: April 12, 2021, 5:25 pm

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Bloomfield Township Road Maintenance has worked well with management over the years with no representation, so when they decided to unionize, they were concerned about maintaining that good relationship. The 21-member group found the perfect fit in the GELC. They joined the Union in early 2020 and have been impressed […]

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By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Bloomfield Township Road Maintenance has worked well with management over the years with no representation, so when they decided to unionize, they were concerned about maintaining that good relationship.

The 21-member group found the perfect fit in the GELC. They joined the Union in early 2020 and have been impressed with the GELC’s ability to continue that friendly relationship while negotiating their first bargaining agreement.

“Management has really worked with us and it’s been a good relationship and very positive the Union management relationship,” said Local Union President Jerry Keller.

“We were kind of turned on (to the GELC) through the police officer representative,” Keller said. “We met with the different reps, the lawyer for the GELC and we liked what we heard.”

It didn’t take long to settle their first contract, which took effect April 1, 2020. “It has been short-term, but in terms of (GELC Labor Rep.) Jim Stachowski, it’s been good,” Keller said. “He’s been incredibly accessible. He’s been prompt. If we have questions, he’s getting right back to us. I’d say overall it’s been a very positive relationship.”

The GELC went to work right away to address the needs of their exclusive operation. “We have a road department which is incredibly unique for a township. I’m told we’re the only township in Michigan which has its own road department,” Keller said. “At some point Bloomfield Township residents weren’t happy with how Oakland County handled the roads, so they decided they wanted their own road department.”

However, that decision came with some challenges for workers. “Between Nov. 1 and April 15, it’s known you are on call. If it snows you have to come in,” Keller said. “We asked for some additional changes in some of the policies in regard to time off.”

The only way Bloomfield Township Road Maintenance Employees were able to take time off in the winter months was to have a co-worker cover their shift, which required management approval.

“We were able to get the guys a week off without having to go through the process of covering their shifts,” Keller said. “That obligation and that onus to get it covered is gone.”

They were pleased with the six-year contract term, which locked in pay increases, healthcare and retirement benefits. “The cost of living increases offset the insurance increases,” Keller said. “We were happy with the contract.”

Bloomfield Township Road Maintenance Employees have stability with their first contract and peace of mind knowing their Union works to create unity instead of division.

“Our experience has been good, pleasant, seamless,” Keller said. “It was a fairly smooth negotiation. The GELC has done a great job as far as we’re concerned and we’re very happy with what we’ve obtained by going with the GELC.”

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Author: jgomori
Posted: April 5, 2021, 2:19 pm


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