“The Education Stipend was the best takeaway for us. We felt very strongly given the research that the higher the education level of the Officer, the lower likeliness of lawsuits against them,” said Sgt. Alicia Montes, Green Oak Township Command Officers Local Union President. "We thought we should be awarded for extending our education beyond what the minimum is for the department. Annual Tuition Reimbursement of $1,500 was always there, but we negotiated an Educational Stipend, which has not been there. Once you obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher, the Employer will give you $1,500 the first paycheck in December every single year. It worked out for us since three of the four of us already have their bachelor’s degrees and the other should be done this year. The Employer’s MERS contribution went from 8% to 10%, increasing a half percent each year up to the 10%. Upon successful passage of the millage renewal in 2024, the parties agree to a Re-opener to include years 2024 and 2025 for 457 contributions by the Employer. We asked for $5,000 matching contributions (to the 457 plans) and received it in 2026, to make up for the Tier 2 Employees having less than Tier 1 Employees. As long as the millage passes, we can negotiate for matching contributions next year and in 2025.” 

Contract Duration: 5-year agreement, effective July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2027. 

Wage Increases: 
3% increase effective Feb. 9, 2023.
3% increase effective April 1, 2023.
3% increase effective April 1, 2024.
3% increase effective April 1, 2025.
3% increase effective April 1, 2026.

  • The first pay increase is retroactive to the date Patrol received their initial pay raises under their new contract.
  • Decreased pay scale steps to reach top Sergeant pay quicker, from 18 months to 12 months.
  • Sergeants maintain 15% pay increase above Patrol for an annual salary top out of $101,250 by April 1, 2026.
  • Lieutenants maintain a 20% pay increase above Patrol for an annual top out salary of $105,661 by April 1, 2026.

Manning & Safety: Employees are transitioning from an 8-hour to 12-hour shift schedule.

Fringe Benefits: 

  • Traded one paid Holiday for one paid Floating Holiday per year and kept the remaining 10 paid Holidays.
  • Cleaning and Equipment Allowance was combined into one allowance at $600 annually. 
  • Tuition Reimbursement continues at $1,500 annually for approved credits with newly added Educational Stipend of $1,500 paid annually for earning a bachelor’s degree or higher.


  • Increased Employer’s contribution into MERS pension from 8% to 10% at increments of .5% each year of the contract.
  • Beginning April 2026, Employer will match 100% up to $5,000 per Employee contribution into a Voluntary Supplemental Retirement plan (457). Upon successful passage of the millage renewal in 2024, the parties agree to a 457 matching contribution Re-opener to include the 2024 and 2025 contract years.

Bargaining Team: MAP Labor Relations Specialist Gregg Allen with Local Union President Sgt. Alicia Montes and Sgt. Mike Jain.