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Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on our nation’s soil. On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 of our fellow citizens gave their lives in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This includes the more than 400 federal, state, and local public safety officers who ran into harm’s […]

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Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on our nation’s soil. On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 of our fellow citizens gave their lives in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This includes the more than 400 federal, state, and local public safety officers who ran into harm’s way to save others, many of whom were NAPO members. As we remember those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, we also must recognize those we have lost and continue to lose as the lasting effects of that day make themselves known; NAPO pledged its support for the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act (S. 2683, H.R. 4965), introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). This bipartisan bill would address a funding shortfall in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and ensure its adequate funding now and in the future; Negotiations over police reform continue between Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), but they seem to have slowed down over the August recess. Their staff continues to draft and share proposals on various issues such as the Department of Defense 1033 Program, the use of chokeholds, no-knock warrants, and certification and accreditation for law enforcement officers and agencies, but no specific proposals have been agreed to yet. NAPO continues to work with staff as the process continues to ensure our members voices are heard, particularly around safeguarding the rights of officers; The Senate will return from recess Sept. 13 to a full calendar that includes funding the government before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30; House Democrats are preparing to introduce the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, which would grant the basic rights to collectively bargain over wages, hours and working conditions to all public servants, except for state and local law enforcement. The legislation specifically carves out law enforcement from its definition of “public employee”, exempting law enforcement from benefiting from the collective bargaining rights extended in this bill. Corrections, though, are included in the definition as public employees.

For more on these and other legislative topics, please click on the Sept. 10, 2021 Washington Report below.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: September 10, 2021, 7:56 pm

The Police Officers Labor Council remembers the bravery and sacrifice of first responders, who risked and lost their lives while rescuing victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. We honor those heroes and will never forget your service and sacrifice.

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The Police Officers Labor Council remembers the bravery and sacrifice of first responders, who risked and lost their lives while rescuing victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

We honor those heroes and will never forget your service and sacrifice.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: September 10, 2021, 7:41 pm

The 2020 census was finally released this month and shows Michigan’s population has grown by two percent in the last decade, but not enough to prevent the loss of a U.S. Congressional seat, dropping the number of seats from 14 to 13; A newly created Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission has begun the work of drawing […]

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The 2020 census was finally released this month and shows Michigan’s population has grown by two percent in the last decade, but not enough to prevent the loss of a U.S. Congressional seat, dropping the number of seats from 14 to 13; A newly created Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission has begun the work of drawing electoral boundaries for the U.S. House, State Senate, and State House districts; The State Legislature will return to Lansing after the holiday to complete their work on the state budget. For now, the agreement does not include the estimated $10 billion in federal emergency aid or any unexpected tax revenue coming to Michigan; The State Budget Director sent out a letter last week to State Department Directors urging them to begin contingency planning for a state government shutdown in the event the state does not have a signed budget by Sept. 30, 2021; Gov. Gretchen Whitmer outlined a proposal to spend $2.1 billion of federal COVID aid money to support more small businesses, fund education/job training, and build 2,000 new housing units; The Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld that the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services does have the authority to issue mask mandates to control the COVID-19 pandemic; The House Workforce, Trades, & Talent committee returned to Lansing during the summer break to debate House Bill 4471, which would prohibit employers from terminating an employee who refuses to get vaccinated or wear a mask. The bill would create the Informed Consent in the Workplace Act to prohibit discrimination against an employee or volunteer who declines or has yet to receive certain vaccinations, including COVID-19. An employer also could not require the employee/volunteer to wear a mask in the workplace or disclose that the employee/volunteer has declined or not received a vaccination; Under legislation introduced this month by Representative Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing), a state, county, or city could install cameras along streets and intersections to crack down on speeding motorists. House Bill 5284 was introduced to crack down on drag racing down major streets and prevent speeding in residential neighborhoods and provide another avenue for overworked and understaffed law enforcement agencies.

For more on the latest legislative news, please click on the August 2021 Karoub Report below.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: September 2, 2021, 7:18 pm

The Senate missed their self-imposed police reform legislation deadline. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) had given themselves until the Senate leaves for August recess to come to an agreement on police reform legislation, but when the Senate adjourned Aug. 11, Senators Scott and Booker had still not agreed on legislative language. Their […]

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The Senate missed their self-imposed police reform legislation deadline. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) had given themselves until the Senate leaves for August recess to come to an agreement on police reform legislation, but when the Senate adjourned Aug. 11, Senators Scott and Booker had still not agreed on legislative language. Their staff continues to draft and share proposals on various issues such as the Department of Defense 1033 Program, the use of chokeholds, no-knock warrants, and certification and accreditation for law enforcement officers and agencies. The latest reporting states that qualified immunity is now completely off the table as Senator Scott maintains his opposition to eliminating it for individual officers and civil rights organizations and several law enforcement management groups are against municipal liability, which has long been seen as a potential compromise; On Aug. 24, the House adopted the Senate-passed blueprint for a $3.5 trillion budget package by a party-line vote, starting the process for drafting a package of tax breaks and spending for Democratic priorities for social welfare programs, education, clean energy and more. The Senate adopted the fiscal 2022 budget resolution at the beginning of August by party-line vote, but not before Republicans were able to score several amendments to it with bipartisan support; NAPO has partnered with the American Intercontinental University System to offer members and their family’s educational opportunities at Trident University International and American Intercontinental University for degrees anytime, anywhere; NAPO’s updated “Sponsor/Cosponsor” spreadsheet is available on NAPO’s website. The spreadsheet accompanies the latest “Legislative Positions” document.

For more on these and other legislative initiatives, please click on the Aug. 27, 2021 Washington Report below.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: August 30, 2021, 2:17 pm

Lindenwood University, one of the exhibitors and speakers at NAPO’s July 20, 2021 Conference, sent a letter providing more details regarding college credits and degrees at a reduced cost for NAPO members. Please see the letter and program details below for more information.

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Lindenwood University, one of the exhibitors and speakers at NAPO’s July 20, 2021 Conference, sent a letter providing more details regarding college credits and degrees at a reduced cost for NAPO members.

Please see the letter and program details below for more information.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: August 13, 2021, 6:44 pm

Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) continue to negotiate language to go with their agreed to framework for police reform. Staff from both sides have been passing proposals back and forth in hopes of having legislative language agreed to before the Senate adjourns for August recess, which could be as soon as next […]

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Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) continue to negotiate language to go with their agreed to framework for police reform. Staff from both sides have been passing proposals back and forth in hopes of having legislative language agreed to before the Senate adjourns for August recess, which could be as soon as next week. NAPO continues to provide our feedback and comments on draft proposals. In addition to qualified immunity, we are working to protect long standing, constitutional good faith legal protections for officers, ensure officer due process is protected, officer privacy and confidentiality rights are guarded, and the rights of law enforcement to bargain over accountability and disciplinary actions is not eroded; The House attempted to take up the Fiscal Year 2022 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations bill, H.R. 4505, which funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), prior to adjourning for August recess on July 30. H.R. 4505 includes significant funding for NAPO’s priority grant programs, but it also attempts to pass provisions of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 1280) as part of the bill. It also includes concerning preconditions and requirements that state and local agencies must comply with to receive grant funding. NAPO sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), which was copied to all members of the House, outlining our concerns with H.R. 4505; NAPO participated in several virtual meetings on July 20, 22 and 27 of the National Officer Safety and Wellness (OSW) Group. NAPO pushed for chiefs and sheriffs to involve rank-and-file officers and their representative unions or associations in the decision-making process as agencies look to better support officers and their families. NAPO also made clear the importance of supporting officers publicly, especially after a critical incident; At NAPO’s 43rd Annual Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on July 20-23, 2021, NAPO delegates approved eight resolutions marking the Association’s legislative and policy priorities for the next year. The resolutions concern NAPO’s positions on qualified immunity, law enforcement collective bargaining rights, officer due process, efforts to defund the police, Section 242, and prosecuting those who attack or harm law enforcement officers at the local, state and federal level; NAPO has partnered with the American Intercontinental University System to offer members and their family’s educational opportunities at Trident University International and American Intercontinental University.

For more information on these and other legislative issues, please click on the Aug. 6, 2021 Washington Report below.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: August 6, 2021, 8:17 pm

Michigan’s longest serving United States Senator Carl Levin passed away on July 29th at the age of 87; Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed HB 4421, the $4.4 billion supplemental spending bill that appropriated the federal elementary and secondary school emergency relief (ESSER) funds to school districts. She also signed off on a historic K-12 budget, HB 4411, […]

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Michigan’s longest serving United States Senator Carl Levin passed away on July 29th at the age of 87; Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed HB 4421, the $4.4 billion supplemental spending bill that
appropriated the federal elementary and secondary school emergency relief (ESSER) funds to school districts. She also signed off on a historic K-12 budget, HB 4411, which is valued at over
$17 billion and eliminates the nearly three decade old per-pupil funding gap; After quite a legal ordeal, the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act has officially been repealed; Gov. Whitmer raised a record $8.5 million for the current fundraising period and now has $10 million cash on hand for her upcoming reelection campaign. Her five Republican challengers include former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, Kalamazoo Chiropractor Garrett Soldano, Oakland County pastor Ralph Rebant II, Tudor Dixon from Norton Shores, who hosts a conservative online new show, and Ryan Kelley, an Ottawa County real estate broker; The Canadian government announced its plan to open their borders to vaccinated U.S. citizens on Aug. 9, 2021.

For more information on these and other legislative issues, click on the July 2021 Karoub Report below.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: August 2, 2021, 7:36 pm

Register for the Run for the Badge 5K today and start fundraising. Run/walk participants can join as individuals, start a team, or join an existing team for this Washington DC event. The In-person run/walk begins at 9 a.m. Eastern time, Saturday, Oct. 9. Teams that raise $1,500 by Sept. 5, 2021 will have their Team […]

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Register for the Run for the Badge 5K today and start fundraising.

Run/walk participants can join as individuals, start a team, or join an existing team for this Washington DC event. The In-person run/walk begins at 9 a.m. Eastern time, Saturday, Oct. 9.

Teams that raise $1,500 by Sept. 5, 2021 will have their Team name placed on the 2021 Run for the Badge T-Shirt. Prizes are available for the top individual fundraisers.

To volunteer on race day, email volunteer@nleomf.org. Sponsorship information is available by contacting Mary Petto at mpetto@nleomf.org.

To register and for event day information, please click on the link below.  For additional questions, please email runforthebadge@nleomf.org.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: July 30, 2021, 5:29 pm

NAPO issued a statement from President Mick McHale in support of the U.S. Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department officers who responded to the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Please click on the link below to read the statement.

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NAPO issued a statement from President Mick McHale in support of the U.S. Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department officers who responded to the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Please click on the link below to read the statement.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: July 29, 2021, 3:07 pm

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Livingston County 911 Dispatchers made the move to GELC for Union representation after hearing positive comments from Livingston County Sheriff’s Department Sergeants. “They said they were really pleased with how negotiations went,” said Mary Reed, local Dispatchers Union President. The Sheriff’s Sergeants switched representation to POLC, GELC’s sister Union, in […]

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By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Livingston County 911 Dispatchers made the move to GELC for Union representation after hearing positive comments from Livingston County Sheriff’s Department Sergeants.

“They said they were really pleased with how negotiations went,” said Mary Reed, local Dispatchers Union President.

The Sheriff’s Sergeants switched representation to POLC, GELC’s sister Union, in 2019.

“Back in 2019, you could negotiate normally,” Reed said. “Last year was different for everyone. When we had to negotiate in Zoom meetings from home, it was definitely a different vibe and everything else.”

Livingston County Dispatchers, who were represented by Michigan Association of Public Employees (MAPE), made the move to GELC in October 2020. Their prior contract expired Dec. 31, 2020.

“Lloyd (Whetstone) had contacted me and asked if we had been interested in switching,” Reed said of the Union’s Membership Services representative. “There was a lot of different thoughts we had and thought maybe GELC would be a good choice at this time.”

The 24-member unit is used to seeing their Employees come and go. “It’s common – 911 is definitely one of the higher turnover jobs in all the jobs you could possibly have,” Reed said. “Some either go to other dispatch jobs with better benefits or some people just decide it’s not for them and leave and find other avenues of employment.”

GELC Labor Rep. Chet Kulesza helped the dispatchers reach a beneficial new agreement effective Jan. 1, 2021. The three-year contract, which expires Dec. 31, 2023, includes raises of 2 percent in year one and 1.5 percent in years two and three.

“I thought overall the negotiations went really well this time and we got mostly everything we asked for to some extent,” Reed said.

A Me-Too Clause was added to their contract to ensure Livingston County Dispatchers are fairly compensated. “If the County gave more to non-union Employees (during the contract) then they would give that raise to us as well,” Reed said.

The County sought elimination of the various premium pay rates due to difficulty keeping track of them all. Instead of some Employees losing the highest premium payments to come up with a universal amount, the Employer opted to roll the difference in the highest former premium increases into the base pay. That led to restructuring the pay scale with an additional $980 included in the new base pay.

While the Employer sought removal of the option to purchase Vacation Time, like they had done with some other County Employees, GELC enshrined that benefit in the agreement.

“They were taking that away from everybody, so we negotiated purchase of 40 hours of Vacation (per year) for the duration of new contract,” Reed said. “We have a set amount of Vacation – I get 20 days a year, but they let us purchase an additional 40 hours, which you pay for over the duration of the year. They wanted to get rid of it because some people would get the benefit and leave without paying for it over the course of the year.”

Employees who don’t use their extra purchased Vacation Hours are reimbursed at the end of the year under the new contract.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: July 22, 2021, 3:40 pm

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