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The games have begun in earnest. This was forwarded to me from our brother/sister firefighters union. They are very active in Lansing and are working closely with DSAM, FOP, etc.
This is all bull shit, and its all likely to pass muster in both the house and senate. You may note the specific inclusion in baring 312 for negociating or better, removing it as a mandatory subject of bargaining. This, in my opinion, is not a knee jerk reaction. This has been thought out and not its going to get jammed down our throats.
Its not too late to contact your reps and senators!
There were 13 bills introduced today (November 30th) that in one way or another deal with retiree health care reform. Four of which, are the main bills with 9 other trailer bills. Below is the summary of each main bill. We don’t have bill numbers yet but we will send them out as soon as they are public.
HB 16-XXXX – New Act titled “Local unit of government retirement act”-
- For new public employees hired after May 1, 2017, local governments will no longer be able to offer retiree health care as a benefit. They will only be able to place NOT more that 2% of base wage, into a tax deferred account for the purpose of purchasing retire health care on their own when they retire.
- Current Employees & Current Retirees - If a local government’s retiree health care liability (OPEB) is less than 80% funded then the municipality can only pay up to 80% of the healthcare premium for retiree health care. There are no limitations on what type of plan a municipality can offer. And this will apply to all current retirees no matter how long they have been retired.
- Anyone eligible for Medicare will be required to enroll and furthermore, the local government can only pay up to 80% of any supplemental plan offered.
- This next clause is not very clear and will require a legal interpretation:
- “If a collective bargaining agreement entered into before the date this act is enacted into law clearly and expressly confers a fixed, unalterable right to a vested retirement health benefit for an unambiguous duration, this act does not impair that vested retirement health benefit for that duration.”
- Local governments will not be allowed to offer or provide “any other retirement health benefit to a member, past member or retiree health dependent.”
- If a local government chooses to not comply with this law they can be sued in civil court and fined “not less than $5000 and not more than $12,500 for each violation”
HB 16-XXXX – OPEB Transparency Bill –
*Would amend PA 314
* Local government would have to submit an annual summary report to Treasury detailing their funding level of their post-employment health care benefits.
* Treasury will place all information online just like the current requirement for Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR).
* If a community is below 60% funded in either pension or healthcare the muni must inform treasury of their plan to improve funding.
HB 16-XXXX – Reforms the Public Employee Relations Act (PERA) bill –
* Retiree healthcare will be a “PROHIBITED” subject of bargaining.
HB 16-XXXX - Reforms PA 312 (Binding arbitration for fire and police)-
December 1, 2016
To all Sheriff’s Office Employees:
I write to you about legislation that was introduced in the Michigan Legislature this week concerning retiree healthcare benefits of public employees. This 13-bill package contains short-sighted proposals designed to go after underfunded retiree programs but drag everyone into mess. The proposed changes will have adverse effects on Oakland County employees and I am in steadfast opposition to what has been laid out in these bills.
Oakland County retiree healthcare is currently funded at 124% funded and has been well-managed. These bills are attempt to bailout mismanaged entities and punish those who have been fiscally responsible. In House Bill 6074, any active or retired employee who were before 1989 have a retiree health care benefit which includes a 100% county payment for Medicare part B supplement. The proposed bill limits that payment to 80% going forward. For us, this is a solution in search of a problem.
Further, I have concerns over the proposed 2% of base salary cap on local government HSA contributions. This is not a sufficient benefit to any first responder and is unacceptable for Oakland County, which has prided itself on making sure that retiree health care provided the best benefits to its employees.
The ramifications of this legislation will have a devastating effect on future new hires and will severely stunt recruiting efforts. Recently, law enforcement has been facing issues with recruiting top talent and retaining them for their forces. This legislation will only make this more difficult for our agency and agencies around the state to add high quality police officers to its streets.
I encourage you to contact your State Representatives and State Senators and ask them on behalf of Oakland County, on behalf of law enforcement, and on behalf of you to strongly oppose this package of bills as introduced.
As the Sheriff, I am working closely with the Oakland County Executive’s Office to make sure that bad legislation does affect the good policies and great employees of our county.
Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard
The OCDSA is going to rent busses to go to the rally in Lansing. The bus(es) will leave at 0700 from 38E.
I need RSVP's in order to get an idea of how many people are going.
If you have friends at other PD's and/or FD's....they are welcome to come as well, based on space available.
Please make an effort to go!
Please make your email short ....
first and last name
affiliation ie. OCSO, Ferndale PD...yes, I know many of you but don't assume that I know you are OCSO.
Corrections Contract votes:
168 YES / 21 NO
Road Contract votes:
212 YES / 55 NO
We are still in a short holding pattern as to the final resolution/offers from the employer, and by that term, I mean the County, not the Sheriff's Office. It would appear that they are waiting for the vote being conducted by the Command Officers Association. Those votes are due to be counted on or before the 18th. Its anticipated that the OCDSA will meet with the Employer shortly thereafter.
There will be meeting(s) scheduled and documents will be shared via this email system. I will NOT speculate on anything as even the T/A's are up in the air at this point. The goal being to educate the membership to the extent possible.
We have advised the employer, through our legal counsel that there will be NO rush to a vote and expressed that the earliest we would conduct any ratification vote would be the first week in November. This will give the EB plenty of time to disseminate the material for both contracts and exactly what you will be voting on.
On a side note. Less than 1/3 of corrections members are signed up for emails. Please, one more time, encourage your co-workers to get on board. In general, out of over 715 members, I have just under 500 emails.
Thanks very much!!!!
Thanks to all that attended this last GM meeting. The input, debate and discussions were professional and hopefully gave a little more insight to the permanent days off issue.
A motion was presented and passed unanimously for the EB to EXPLORE the issue of the road patrol going to permanent days off. At this point there is NOTHING etched in stone.
To those that took the time to respond via text, email or in person- Thank You!!!
V/P Garrison will be sending out the road patrol bump slips in the next few days. Attached/included in those are a simple form to fill out in reference to the permanent days off.
There is a space for you to write your thoughts, pro or con, on that form. Please return that form with your bump slip.
Yes, its a vote....of sorts...the results will give the EB some direction on how to proceed. A yes vote doesn't mean that this will happen...its simply giving the EB board room to work out ideas to present to the membership.
At this point, the sky is the limit. It doesn't have to be the days off we currently have, we could possibly change those...change the training day...many people have suggested Friday/Saturday instead of Saturday/Sunday. I was asked if a particular shift at a particular sub could do it by themselves...again, sky is the limit...so yes, that's entirely possible.
This is a mandatory subject of bargaining; changing working conditions. So, we'll have to meet with management in order for this to happen in any regard.
I have had a few responses with concerns about never seeing weekends off. I would suggest that you look at the big picture and not the current situation that you are in.
I am guardedly optimistic that we will have an "experimental" on line bump system in place by summer. This will allow each member to enter their bump information into the system and be able to see, virtually instantaneously, where they are at and where they could go. Some of the parameters are still being worked out. Should the permanent days off issue gets some wheels, this too will be in the mix.
Regardless, this association will be moving and to some degree, staying in the 21st century. Bump on line is coming. We are also in the process of developing an on line voting system. More on this as it develops. If you have computer skills, please contact Jason Tucker and offer your assistance.
Lastly, and I dropped the ball at the meeting. The PT test (100.00 visa gift card) will be starting in the spring summer. There will be a couple of locations and multiple dates/times whereby you can take the test. Some details are still being worked out. Stay tuned.
Have to contact the committee to get it to move out of there
Here is a link to the committee's website. It shows all the committee members and if you click on the committee clerk's name it opens an email to compose to the clerk. Could probably just send one to her that she would distribute to each member but I would suggest sending one to each.
Here are their individual emails
Attached you will find three very important documents. A form letter to State Reps, Senator's and an instruction sheet of sorts. A packet of these letters along with instructions and two SASE's will be sent to your home in the next week or so. This Bill has been introduced to the Senate and its what we have been waiting for!!! This bill, in part, will put local corrections (sheriff's office/departments) back on a level playing field and back in the binding arbitration arena. NO MORE PA54.
It is vitally important that you send these letters to your state representative as well as your senator. The OCDSA will be providing every thing you need except your signature and saliva (to seal the envelopes) I would ask that you make copies when you get them and ask other to do this as well. Friends, family, neighbors...everybody. As politics go, the outcome is still uncertain. It will be less uncertain if these letters reach them!!! I wanted to get these out in the event you fail to receive them through the mail. Corrections, dispatch road...makes no difference...ALL OF US NEED TO DO THIS!!!!
Senate Bill 679
AS you may have already heard 6 Senators introduced Senate bill 679 which adds County corrections deputies to Public Act 312. This is extremely important legislation to us. We ALL must do our part to get this legislation passed.
Our union attorney drafted a letter which needs to be sent to our Senators and Representatives. You may write your own or simply copy the one from the union. Put your name and address on the letter, Sign and date it. Make two copies and mail one to your Senator and one to your representative.
Please make copies for family members and friends and ask them to support us by mailing one to their legislators as well. You can look up your Senator and Representative on line at Please take the time to mail this letter. Help us get all our Deputies protected by 312.