Contracts

By Jennifer Foley, MAP Editor

MAP won wage increases, retroactivity, and preserved several contractual items for St. Clair Shores Police through ACT 312 arbitration.

MAP was able to obtain 2 percent wage increases in each of the three years of the contract, effective July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017, for a total 6 percent increase over the life of the contract.

“The Employer was proposing 2 percent with no retroactivity involved. The contract expired July 1, 2014,” said Association President Paul Opper. “We were able to come to an agreement with retroactivity. We were both on same page on all the 2 percent increases.”

The Employer sought to reduce the pension multiplier for new hires to 2%. The Union fought for and was awarded a better agreement. For any new member hired after the 312 award, the pension multiplier to be applied for each year of service shall be 2.25% for the first 25 years of service. The pension multiplier will be 1% for 26-30 years of service or more. The final average compensation for Employees hired after the 312 award will include base wages only.

“For the new hires, the Employer initially wanted a 2.0 multiplier - that’s what the fire fighters got from their arbitration, but we were able to get a 2.25 multiplier on base wages only,” Opper said.

By Jennifer Foley, MAP Editor

A Sterling Heights patrol officer received a reduction in his discipline and was made whole after Michigan Association of Police (MAP) filed a grievance on his behalf.

The Officer, who worked the night shift, was given a five-day suspension with an additional five days held in abeyance for one year from the time of the incident for falling asleep while on duty and failing to respond to a radio call for approximately 10 minutes on May 18, 2014. On the night in question, the Officer was called to the station and interviewed by a Sergeant at which time the Officer acknowledged that he fell asleep.

The next day, May 19, 2014, the Officer was placed on desk duty and while he was off work, on May 22 he went to see a doctor for excessive daytime sleepiness. He was referred to a sleep disorders institute where he was diagnosed with a shift work related sleep disorder. He followed the doctor’s prescribed remedies and had no further incidents.

During the investigation, it was also found that the Grievant had fallen asleep while working with another officer and did not report for a run to which both were assigned. The officer spoke directly with the Grievant, but did not report the incident to a supervisor.

The Officer provided the City with his doctor’s assessment and even offered to allow the City doctor to examine him. The City declined to send the grievant to their employer physician. The grievance filed by MAP on the Officer’s behalf requested removal of all discipline “due to (the Officer’s) documented medical condition and that he be made whole.”

The Arbitrator compared the Officer’s case to that of three other police officials in the same department, all of whom received less stringent discipline than the Grievant. “Grievant was given the most severe discipline, a five-day suspension, in contrast to a four-day suspension, a letter of reprimand and a one-day suspension,” the Arbitrator wrote in his decision. “The second and more critical distinction is that Grievant sought medical assistance for what he perceived to be a problem he had experienced at least once, if not twice, before while on duty. The Grievant promptly took steps to seek and obtain medical advice, was referred to a medical doctor with expertise in the sleep disorder area, and provided that documentation to his employer. Grievant participated in a two-day sleep study and followed all of his medical doctor’s plan for addressing his disorder.”

CONTRACT

* This is a new MAP unit.

"Originally all of their raises were based on the merit system, so we were able to get a substantial increase for new hires, then once they hit two years, they are in the merit system," said MAP Labor Relations Specialist James Steffes. "They used to have no funeral leave. We got the afternoon and night shift premiums increased. New hires, under the old union's contract, were limited to a maximum of 10 vacation days no matter how many years they worked. We got that increased to 15 days and they have the option to cash in 5 a year so they can get paid for them and not lose them. The older people always had the ability to get up to 20 days, but now have the ability to cash in 5 if they don't use them."

"I feel like it was a very big change for our group. It was a nice improvement from the last contract we had," said Kettering Campus Safety Officers Chief Steward Phil Howell of MAP's representation. "The union we were with didn't help us out very much. Our union stewards used to have to go into contract talks by themselves."

Contract Duration: 3-year agreement ratified 2-27-15 and effective 3-1-15 to 3-1-18.
Wage Increases:
New Hire - Increase from $10.25 per hour to $13 per hour.
Completion of probation - Increase from $10.95 per hour to $13.50 per hour.
Completion of 1 year - New Step Increase to $14.00 per hour.
Completion of 2 years - New Step Increase to $14.50 per hour.
After 30 months of service, Campus Safety Officers are eligible for performance based wage increases.
• Officers scheduled to work Sunday will be paid time and one-quarter for hours worked during their regularly scheduled shift. Officers will be paid time and one-half for all hours worked over 40 in a scheduled work week. Any approved vacation time will be counted as hours worked for the purpose of reaching 40 hours in calculating eligibility for overtime.
• Officers scheduled to work second shift will be paid a premium of 5% of their regular hourly rate up to a maximum of $.90 per hour. Officers who are regularly scheduled to work third shift will be paid a premium of 10% of their regular hourly rate up to a maximum of $1.60 per hour. There will be no pyramiding of premium pay.

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"I think the fact that we still don't have to pay into our health insurance we are extremely lucky given today's day and age," said Sgt. Gary Harpe, Hamburg Command Officers Association President. "There were a couple added holidays put in the contract," and he said, "The wage increase is fantastic in today's economy. It's unheard of."

Contract Duration: 4-year agreement ratified April 18, 2014 and effective 7-1-13 to 6-30-17.
Wage Increases:
3% increase effective July 1, 2013.
3% increase effective July 1, 2014.
3% increase effective July 1, 2015.
• Wage reopener July 1, 2016.
• One time signing bonus of $1,000 per member upon execution of the agreement.

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"Contracts traditionally in the past had a ton of gray language. With this contract that gray language was really focused on and addressed and removed which is really, really critical," said Association President Clint Pace. "With all the contracts I've read and dealt with language wise this is really a good contract. The Chief definitely deserves credit for being reasonable and making sure the contract is fair and equitable." Pace noted significant changes in the contract: "Field Training Officers, in previous contracts, got no paid benefit in addition to their regularly hourly rate. Now with the new contract you get compensated for every training day," and, he said, "We were working 12-hour shifts, but our (personal and sick time) benefits reflected an 8-hour shift. What I negotiated in this contact, your current shift matches your benefits. Before, if you took a day off or called in sick for a day you were charged 12 hours but you only accrued eight hours."

Contract Duration: 4-year agreement ratified 11-25-13 and effective 7-1-13 to 6-30-17.
Wage Increases:
0% increase effective July 1, 2013.
3% increase effective July 1, 2014.
3% increase effective July 1, 2015.
3% increase effective July 1, 2016.
• Employees receive a one-time $700 signing bonus within 30 days of the execution of the contract.