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Please take the time to nominate examples of outstanding police work for NAPO’s TOP COPS Awards. The nomination form must be postmarked or faxed by Jan. 11, 2023; NAPO’s Executive Director Bill Johnson and Government Affairs Director Andy Edmiston met with the Director of the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Karhlton Moore, to […]

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Please take the time to nominate examples of outstanding police work for NAPO’s TOP COPS Awards. The nomination form must be postmarked or faxed by Jan. 11, 2023; NAPO’s Executive Director Bill Johnson and Government Affairs Director Andy Edmiston met with the Director of the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Karhlton Moore, to discuss NAPO’s priorities and how we can continue to support each other in moving those priorities forward; In a win for NAPO, the House overwhelmingly passed the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Reauthorization Act, S. 3846, by a vote of 389-22 on Nov. 29. NAPO is a long-time supporter of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP), which grew out of the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA), and worked closely on this reauthorization bill. It is a top priority for us, as it supports crisis intervention teams and training programs for law enforcement and corrections personnel to identify and respond to incidents involving individuals with mental health conditions; On Nov. 29, the House took up the Law Enforcement De-Escalation Training Act (S. 4003), under suspension of the rules, which requires two-thirds approval of those voting and present to pass. Due to late opposition to the bill by Republicans, the vote failed to garner the two-thirds necessary to pass with the final vote being 247-160. Only 3 Democrats voted against passage and merely 40 Republicans voted for it; NAPO’s updated “Sponsor/Cosponsor” spreadsheet is available on NAPO’s website. The spreadsheet accompanies the latest “Legislative Positions” document, which is also available on the NAPO website. NAPO’s Legislative Positions is a document that highlights all the legislation that we have taken an official position on or are monitoring during the 117th Congress; Please register for NAPO’s 34th Annual Police, Fire, EMS, & Municipal Employee Pension & Benefits Seminar, Jan. 29 – 31, 2023 at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our goal for the 2023 Pension & Benefits Seminar is to educate pension and union representatives along with their providers on the latest issues surrounding the pension and benefits industry.

For more information on these and other legislative issues, please click on the Dec. 2, 2022 Washington Report and related link below.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: December 2, 2022, 8:50 pm

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Flushing Township Police can’t say enough about the representation they received from the POLC in their latest contract. The group garnered 9 percent raises coupled with incredible bonuses and enhancements, including a layered approach to supplementing retirement benefits for newer Employees. “Those first three years they got a total of […]

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By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Flushing Township Police can’t say enough about the representation they received from the POLC in their latest contract.

The group garnered 9 percent raises coupled with incredible bonuses and enhancements, including a layered approach to supplementing retirement benefits for newer Employees.

“Those first three years they got a total of $12,000 in bonuses per Employee,” said POLC Labor Rep. Christopher Watts.

Sergeants also received a rank differential increase from 5 percent to 6 percent of Officers’ pay.

Employees hired on or after April 1, 2017 will receive significant boosts from Employer contributions to their 457 plans. The Employer contribution to the 457 MERS plan increased from 5 to 8 percent. In addition, they have an Employer matching contribution up to 2 percent into the 457B or equivalent Employer-provided plan. On top of those increases, the Employer is providing another 2 percent contribution to a non-MERS plan of the Employee’s choice.

“It’s equivalent to 17 percent for our retirement,” said Roy Hatchett, Flushing Township Police Local Union Steward. “It will be a separate retirement plan, not through MERS. MERS wouldn’t allow us to do it, so they opened up the ability to use a John Hancock or Edward Jones 457 Plan. We will own it, but the Township will contribute 2 percent into it.”

Employees hired prior to April 1, 2017 remain on their Defined Benefit plan. All Employees will receive a new 80-hour Pandemic Bank to be used for pandemic-related illness. Personal Leave increased from 30 to 36 hours yearly.

“If you get sick with COVID-19, instead of using Vacation, Personal or Sick Time, they built in an extra 80 hours yearly for any type of pandemic,” Hatchett said.

Overtime (OT) must now be equalized through a system of posting OT hours per Employee and requiring the Employer to offer OT first to the Employee with the least amount of OT.

A one-time payout of $1,000 per covered member is available for orthodontic work and Employees were provided an additional paid Holiday for their birthdays.

“Chris Watts was phenomenal through negotiations,” Hatchett said. “It was my first contract I was ever involved in. He coached us through it and it was as Blue as it could be. It made this a very smooth, successful contract.”

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Author: jgomori
Posted: November 29, 2022, 10:02 pm

Implementation of the President’s Police Reform Executive Order is ramping up and NAPO has participated in several meetings on how to execute various sections of the order, including Section 4, “Officer Wellness”, Section 12, “Limiting the Transfer or Purchase of Certain Military Equipment by Law Enforcement”, and Section 20, “Supporting Safe and Effective Policing Through […]

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Implementation of the President’s Police Reform Executive Order is ramping up and NAPO has participated in several meetings on how to execute various sections of the order, including Section 4, “Officer Wellness”, Section 12, “Limiting the Transfer or Purchase of Certain Military Equipment by Law Enforcement”, and Section 20, “Supporting Safe and Effective Policing Through Grantmaking”; NAPO filed a new amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit (Texas) in Crane v City of Arlington, Texas. The brief, filed with our member organization the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT), requested the entire Court of Appeals rehear this case because we believe the three-judge panel of the Court got their decision wrong; NAPO sent a letter Nov. 16 to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) urging them to act on Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) reform during the lame duck period. NAPO strongly urged the inclusion of the current WEP exemptions in any WEP reform proposal and that they are extended to the new benefit formula. Most officers retire after 20 to 25 years of service and must find a second job, which is often covered by Social Security. Without the exemptions, these public servants will be hard hit by the WEP because they had to take a job in a covered position after retirement from their non-covered job; The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee are working to finalize a broad retirement package before the end of the year and staff is diligently working through the differences between the House’s Securing a Strong Retirement Act and the Senate’s Enhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act. Three of NAPO’s priority retirement provisions were included as part of the EARN Act: Putting First Responders First Act, Police and Fire Health Care Protection Act, and Protecting Public Safety Employees’ Timely Retirement Act. NAPO sent a letter to the leadership of both Committees Nov. 15 underscoring the importance of including these first responder related provisions in the final package; In a victory for NAPO, the Senate passed the First Responder Fair Return for Employees on Their Initial Retirement Earned (RETIRE) Act, H.R. 521, by unanimous consent Nov. 18, which previously passed the House by a unanimous vote. The bill is on its way to the President’s desk to be signed into law. H.R. 521 would help federal firefighters, law enforcement officers, Customs and Border Protection officials, and other federal employees with potentially dangerous jobs receive full retirement benefits if they get disabled while on duty; In a victory for NAPO, the Senate passed the Providing Resources, Officers, and Technology to Eradicate Cyber Threats to (PROTECT) Our Children Act (S. 4834) by unanimous consent Nov. 15. This bill is a straight two-year reauthorization of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program; NAPO joined with our member organization, the Air Marshal National Council (AMNC), to urge the halting of the forced deployment of Federal Air Marshals to the southern border. Up until Nov. 7, 21-day deployments to the southern border have been voluntary. During these deployments, air marshals are not using their law enforcement skills to help secure the border, but are tasked with non-law enforcement jobs, including janitorial duties; TOP COPS nominations are due by Jan. 11, 2023; and register today for NAPO’s 34th Annual Police, Fire, EMS, & Municipal Employee Pension & Benefits Seminar, Jan. 29 – 31, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For more information on these and other legislative issues, please click on the Nov. 18, 2022 Washington Report below.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: November 18, 2022, 8:54 pm

Karoub Associates provided an updated list of state leadership positions for both parties in each Chamber for the 102nd Legislative Session beginning January 2023 thru December 2024. Work has begun on what committees will be in place for the upcoming session and who will sit on these committees. Committee assignments are expected in mid- to […]

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Karoub Associates provided an updated list of state leadership positions for both parties in each Chamber for the 102nd Legislative Session beginning January 2023 thru December 2024.

Work has begun on what committees will be in place for the upcoming session and who will sit on these committees.

Committee assignments are expected in mid- to late-January and Karoub Associates will continue to provide updates as significant announcements are made.

Senate Democrats
Winnie Brinks – Majority Leader – District 29 – Grand Rapids
Darrin Camilleri – Assistant Majority Leader – District 4 – Brownstown Township
Jeremy Moss – President pro Tempore – District 7 – Southfield
Sam Singh – Majority Floor Leader – District 28 – East Lansing
Mallory McMorrow – Majority Whip – District 8 – Royal Oak
Dayna Polehanki – Majority Caucus Chair – District 5 – Livonia

Senate Republicans
Aric Nesbitt – Minority Leader – District 20 – Porter Township
Dan Lauwers – Minority Floor Leader – District 25 – Brockway
Roger Victory – Minority Caucus Whip – District 31 – Georgetown Township
Kevin Daley – Minority Caucus Chair – District 26 – Lum
Rick Outman – Assistant Minority Leader – District 33 – Six Lakes
Lana Theis – Assistant Minority Floor Leader – District 22 – Brighton
Mark Huizenga – Assistant Minority Whip – District 30 – Walker
Jim Runestad – Assistant Minority Caucus Chair – District 23 – White Lake
Joseph Bellino – Assistant President Pro Tempore – District 16 – Monroe

House Democrats
Joe Tate – Speaker of the House – District 10 – Detroit
Laurie Pohutsky – Speaker Pro Tempore – District 17 – Livonia
Carol Glanville – Associate Speaker Pro Tempore – District 84 – Walker
Kristian Grant – Associate Speaker Pro Tempore – District 82 – Grand Rapids
Abraham Aiyash – Majority Floor Leader – District 9 – Hamtramck
Kara Hope – Assistant Majority Floor Leader – District 74 – Holt
Jimmie Wilson – Assistant Majority Floor Leader – District 32 – Ypsilanti
Betsy Coffia – Assistant Majority Floor Leader – District 103 – Traverse City
Ranjeev Puri – Majority Whip – District 24 – Canton
Carrie Rheingans – Deputy Whip – District 47 – Ann Arbor
Alabas Farhat – Deputy Whip – District 3 – Dearborn
Amos O’Neal – Caucus Chair – District 94 – Saginaw
Helena Scott – Caucus Vice Chair – District 7 – Detroit
Brenda Carter – Caucus Vice Chair – District 53 – Pontiac
Jasper Martus – Caucus Vice Chair – District 69 – Flushing

House Republicans
Matt Hall – Minority Leader – District 42 – Kalamazoo
Andrew Beeler – Assistant Minority Leader – District 64 – Fort Gratiot
Bryan Posthumus – Minority Floor Leader – District 90 – Cannon Township
Graham Filler – Assistant Minority Floor Leader – District 93 – St. Johns
Andrew Fink – Assistant Minority Floor Leader – District 35 – Hillsdale
Sarah Lightner – Caucus Whip – District 45 – Springport

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Author: jgomori
Posted: November 17, 2022, 7:54 pm

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor For years Collin Birnie handed out awards on behalf of the POLC to help non-sponsored Police Cadets pay the costs of attending Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy (LERTA). This year, a scholarship award was presented in the POLC Executive Committee member’s honor, following his untimely death in a February traffic […]

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By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

For years Collin Birnie handed out awards on behalf of the POLC to help non-sponsored Police Cadets pay the costs of attending Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy (LERTA). This year, a scholarship award was presented in the POLC Executive Committee member’s honor, following his untimely death in a February traffic accident.

Cadet Jeffrey Wagner is the first recipient of the Collin Birnie Award. He was awarded with $1,000 April 28 during the Mott Community College police academy graduation.

“This is the first graduation we’ve had in-person at the location where we usually do it since COVID began,” said Kitty Severance, LERTA Staff Assistant, referring to guests being able to attend. Graduations, which have been livestreamed since 2020, had previously been limited to cadets and staff in a smaller venue.

The Collin Birnie Award will be given twice yearly at the discretion of the police academy to graduates who have not been sponsored by any police agency. To qualify, cadets must pass the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) certification test and meet MCOLES employment standards to become certified Michigan Law Enforcement Officers.

Wagner graduated the academy in the 96 percentile. “He was the highest scoring scholastic achievement recruit,” said LERTA Director Lt. David Livingston.

Wagner was hired as a Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputy after graduation, but his career with the department began in 2018 as a Corrections Officer. He began Criminal Justice coursework at Schoolcraft College and transferred to University of Michigan Dearborn where he’s in the process of completing his bachelor’s degree. During academy training, he had to take a leave from work.

“(The Award) was appreciated and very helpful,” Wagner said. “Apart from the monetary portion, just receiving the award was nice because it was in Collin Birnie’s name. I was honored. I know Collin Birnie was a great guy and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone to say anything bad about him.”

Wagner said he had met Birnie a couple times and while he didn’t know him well, his reputation preceded him. “I know people who work at Flint PD who knew him well and I just heard stories about him, how he was willing to help out everybody,” Wagner said. “I knew a lot of people who always talked highly of him and so I felt like I knew him through other people. You almost didn’t have to know him personally, he was such a big figure.”

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Author: jgomori
Posted: November 17, 2022, 4:45 pm

NAPO filed a new amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit (Texas) asking the entire Court of Appeals to rehear a case involving the ability of officers to defend themselves, using force when reasonably believed necessary. NAPO believes the three-judge panel of the Court got their decision wrong. The […]

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NAPO filed a new amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit (Texas) asking the entire Court of Appeals to rehear a case involving the ability of officers to defend themselves, using force when reasonably believed necessary. NAPO believes the three-judge panel of the Court got their decision wrong.

The case involved a person who was refusing to comply with the officers’ lawful instructions and used a motor vehicle as a deadly weapon to strike and run over at least one officer.

“We believe the panel’s decision conflicts with the federal constitutional law as enunciated by the Supreme Court and that the panel deviated from following the constitution in favor of adopting ‘woke’ ideas about policing,” NAPO Executive Director Bill Johnson wrote in an email to members. “It seems as if the panel would prefer a society where officers would need to ignore obvious violations of the law that happen right in front of them if the offender(s) indicate they do not wish to obey the police. Obviously, we hope that the full Court of Appeals agrees to review and overturn the panel’s decision.”

Please see the amicus brief below for more information.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: November 16, 2022, 8:17 pm

The POLC extends our heartfelt appreciation to Law Enforcement Officers who have served in the military and all United States Veterans. Thank you for your service and sacrifice!

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The POLC extends our heartfelt appreciation to Law Enforcement Officers who have served in the military and all United States Veterans.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice!

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Author: jgomori
Posted: November 11, 2022, 11:23 am

Karoub Associates issued their November 2022 Karoub Report which features unofficial Nov. 8 election results. In a historic election, the Democrats retained the office of the Governor, Attorney General and Secretary of State, and flipped control of the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives, according to unofficial election results. For the first time since 1984, […]

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Karoub Associates issued their November 2022 Karoub Report which features unofficial Nov. 8 election results.

In a historic election, the Democrats retained the office of the Governor, Attorney General and Secretary of State, and flipped control of the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives, according to unofficial election results.

For the first time since 1984, the Democrats have won the Senate majority, and after more than a decade of minority status, also won control of the House, based on unofficial results.

For more details on the election, including statewide ballot proposals, please click on November 2022 Karoub Election Report below.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: November 9, 2022, 6:29 pm

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Davison City DPW had a long relationship with their former union, but with a rotation of three new labor representatives in less than 3 years, they decided to switch representation to the GELC. That move from American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) to GELC in September 2021 paid […]

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By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Davison City DPW had a long relationship with their former union, but with a rotation of three new labor representatives in less than 3 years, they decided to switch representation to the GELC. That move from American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) to GELC in September 2021 paid off in their first GELC-negotiated contract.

“Our biggest fight was that they were trying to get rid of the Defined Benefit pension system for new hires and, through perseverance, we were able to save it,” said Local Union Chief Steward Chris Brandon.

“The Employer proposed to freeze the current pension plan,” said GELC Labor Rep. Christopher Watts. “They then tried to convert new Employees to a Defined Contribution (DC) only. The bottom line is they proposed to shut the Defined Benefit (DB) down and give more of a contribution on behalf of the new hires than the current Employees. We continued to challenge that nearly to fact finding.”

“At the end of the day they were proposing to contribute more to the new hires’ retirement plan than what they were putting into ours,” Brandon said. “None of it really made much sense to us.”

Thanks to the GELC, the Employer withdrew their pension proposal and continued with the DB pension plan for all DPW Employees. “The pension was ultimately left untouched,” Watts said. “They had come over to us because they didn’t feel as if they had a voice, and it took a year, but we stepped up, pushed back on the Employer and we ended up prevailing.”

“With the ASCME representation … we almost felt like there wasn’t a push to negotiate,” Brandon said. “It was almost like ‘Here’s what they’re offering. It seems like this is a good deal.’ Chris (Watts) was more like ‘What do you want? What do you need?’ Chris seemed more attentive to the things we were looking for and would go out and find information.”

The POLC’s stellar reputation with the City of Davison Police Department led members of that unit to highly recommend the sister Union to the six-member DPW unit. Davison City DPW did their homework before switching, calling other GELC-represented units. “We found out that GELC is the best there is and they’re on top of their game, willing to do whatever it takes to get the contract settled and keep their guys happy,” Brandon said. “We knew Chris had sat at the table before he became a GELC Rep. and was knowledgeable. Everyone we had talked to said he was the best guy for the job.”

The immediate assistance GELC provided the group, taking time to answer their questions before they joined the Union, solidified the move. “Anytime we had a question, we’ve been able to reach out before, during and after negotiations,” Brandon said. “He was more than attentive. Chris would say, ‘Here’s what I know. Here’s what I don’t know. Here’s what I’m going to find out. Let’s figure out the best course of action.’ Chris is willing to do what it takes to make sure we are represented correctly.”

The group wanted options for addressing contract concerns, so Watts provided them with specific examples of how the GELC handled similar contract issues with other Michigan municipalities.

“It didn’t feel like it was a cookie cutter contract,” Brandon said. “It felt like Chris was more involved and cared. We didn’t feel like a number.”

The group settled a new four-year agreement with nearly 10 percent in total raises. The contract includes a new pay scale, which makes it easier to reach the next level in pay. Previously, all Employees had to have specific water and sewer licenses to move up to the next step/range. The licensing requirements were eased to bring pay more in line with the types of work being done.

“They made it more appealing to get new Employees,” Brandon said. “We do everything, from water and sewer to maintaining roads and parks. If you only have three guys who are able to work at the water treatment plant, it’s unreasonable to make Employees from other areas obtain water treatment licenses. There’s no reason a guy who is never going to work in a water treatment plant should have to get those licenses.”

Davison City DPW received other retiree improvements including an annual Employer HSA contribution increase from $1,500 to $2,000 and an additional Employer annual contribution of $500 to each Employee’s 457 plan.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: November 4, 2022, 8:44 pm

New four-year agreement expires June 30, 2025. Wages: 2.25% effective July 1, 2021. 2.5% effective July 1, 2022. 2.5% effective July 1, 2023. 2.5% effective July 1, 2024. *The contract, which was signed July 1, 2022, is retroactive to July 1, 2021 with raises equaling 4.75% effective upon ratification. The Employer implemented a new pay […]

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  • New four-year agreement expires June 30, 2025.
  • Wages:
    2.25% effective July 1, 2021.
    2.5% effective July 1, 2022.
    2.5% effective July 1, 2023.
    2.5% effective July 1, 2024.
    *The contract, which was signed July 1, 2022, is retroactive to July 1, 2021 with raises equaling 4.75% effective upon ratification. The Employer implemented a new pay scale for all Employees. Previously, Employees had to have certain licensing that wasn’t applicable to all positions to move between steps. The licensing requirement was removed for non-applicable positions.
  • Retirement: The Employer sought to convert new Employees pensions from the existing Defined Benefit (DB) pension plan to a Defined Contribution (DC) plan with larger Employer contributions to the DC plan than to the DB plan for existing Employees. After a year-long battle, the GELC was able to maintain the existing DB plan for all Employees, which includes future Employees, with the same terms as the previous contract. Additionally, the Employer will contribute $500 annually to each Employees’ 457 plan every January.
  • Fringe Benefits: Employees receive an increase in their cell phone stipend for being on-call.
  • Health Care: Retired Employees with the HSA plan received an Employer contribution increase from $1,500 to $2,000 annually to the HSA.
  • Bargaining Team: Chief Steward Chris Brandon and Assistant Steward Steve Davis aided by GELC Labor Representatives Christopher Watts and Chris Hild.

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Author: jgomori
Posted: November 4, 2022, 8:08 pm

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