MAP members will benefit immensely if proposed changes to Public Act 54 and the state Personal Property Tax are passed by the Legislature. Currently, when a collective bargaining agreement expires, Public Act 54 (PA 54) of 2011 freezes all wages and benefits of public employees and places the burden of health care, dental, vision, prescription or other insurance cost increases automatically upon those employees. The wage freeze also applies to step increases. House Bill 5097 (HB 5097) would exempt public employees who are eligible to participate in compulsory bargaining of labor disputes under Public Act 312 from provisions in PA 54 which restrict compensation and benefits after a contract expires and prohibit wage or benefit levels in a new contract from being retroactive. House Speaker Pro-tempore John Walsh is the primary sponsor of this bill, which would benefit police, fire fighters, dispatchers and EMT’s alike. Walsh told Michigan Capitol Confidential, a Mackinac Center for Public Policy news service, that legislators did not expect PA 54 to apply to public safety employees covered under Act 312. In fact, police and fire fighters were told by legislators it wouldn’t apply to them. Since the law conflicts with language in Act 312 of 1969, Walsh said the Legislature can choose between passing an amendment to the current law or litigation brought by public safety employee unions.

At the MAP Executive Board Meeting (December 14, 2012) Patrick Baidel stepped down as MAP President. Patrick was MAP President since December 1999. MAP Vice President, Richard Heins, was elected as the NEW MAP President.

Pictured from left to right: Michael Hawkins - MAP Treasurer, Patrick Baidel - Former MAP President, Richard Heins - Former MAP Vice President/NEW MAP President and Ricky Day-MAP Secretary. 

Also, congratulations to newly elected MAP Vice President Michael Harris (not pictured).

Thank You to Pat for all your years of service and support. Congratulations to all!


Some Sanity Returns to Lansing

 After public employees have been taking hit after hit in recent years in the state legislature, it appears as though some sanity may have returned to Lansing. Representative John Walsh, along with numerous other co-sponsors, has introduced House Bill 5780: legislation that would amend the 2011 version of Public Act 54. In short, this will restore retroactivity in arbitration awards for public employees eligible to participate in compulsory arbitration of labor disputes. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Judiciary. The bill, in its entirety, can be found on the Michigan legislature website: www.legislature.mi.gov


2012 Golf Outing

The 22nd Annual Carl Parsell Scholarship Memorial Golf Outing was held Thursday June 14, 2012 at the Links of Novi Golf Course. The perfect golfing weather! Over $4,000 in gifts and prizes were given out and four $1000 scholarships were also awarded.

The proceeds from this golf outing are used for direct funding of the MAP/MAPE/MAFF Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund has been set up in memory of our founder, Carl Parsell who passed away in October of 1990.

A huge Thank You to All!     Hope to see you next year!