Contracts

CONTRACT

“Sterling Heights continues to set the pace for top pay for police officers in the state,” said MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner. “They received a four-year contract, which tops out at $85,500. Additionally, Employees receiving duty disability pensions will be guaranteed healthcare for themselves and their families. Disability pensions will now be calculated with a higher multiplier of 2.8 percent for each year of service. If an Employee is injured or disabled in the line of duty and they are forced to retire, these improved disability benefits help take some of the worry out of getting hurt on the job.”

“This is huge from our members’ perspective. Before this contract, new Employees were not eligible for retiree healthcare,” said MAP Executive Board President Rich Heins. “Now they not only receive retiree healthcare for the member and their family, they also receive a full duty pension. Previously, their duty disability pensions were limited to 50 percent.”

Contract Duration: 4-year agreement ratified Sept. 5, 2017 and effective 7-1-17 to 12-31-19.

Wage Increases:
2.5% increase effective July 1, 2017 with top pay of $79,480.
2.5% increase effective July 1, 2018 with top pay of $81,454.
2.5% increase effective July 1, 2019 with top pay of $83,478.
2.5% increase effective July 1, 2020 with top pay of $85,552.

CONTRACT

"It was a pretty good contract,” said MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner of the 10 percent pay raises in the first year and the 5-year agreement. “Additionally, the Employer has agreed they will opt out of PA 152 and pay all (premium and deductible) costs associated with the healthcare for the life of the agreement. For those people who have (Retiree) HSA accounts, the Employer will kick in $2,000 a year from when the Employee was hired.”

“The healthcare and the pay raises are the two biggest for us,” said Sgt. Steve Kramer of Green Oak Township Command local union. “For all of our surrounding departments, we were really severely underpaid. That’s where that 10 percent came from - to get us up to the other local departments.”

Contract Duration: 5-year agreement ratified Oct. 11, 2017 and effective 7-1-17 to 7-1-22.

Wage Increases:
10% increase effective July 1, 2017.
3% increase effective July 1, 2018.
2% increase effective July 1, 2019.
2% increase effective July 1, 2020.
2% increase effective July 1, 2021.

CONTRACT

"It was a pretty good contract,” said MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner of the 10 percent pay raises in the first year of the 5-year agreement. “Additionally, the Employer has agreed they will opt out of PA 152 and pay all (premium and deductible) costs associated with the healthcare for the life of the agreement. For those people who have (Retiree) HSA accounts, the Employer will kick in $2,000 a year from when the Employee was hired.”

Contract Duration: 5-year agreement ratified Oct.11, 2017 and effective 7-1-17 to 7-1-22.

Wage Increases:
10% increase effective July 1, 2017.
3% increase effective July 1, 2018.
2% increase effective July 1, 2019.
2% increase effective July 1, 2020.
2% increase effective July 1, 2021.

CONTRACT

"The law says every year the Employer can decide if they’ll opt out, go hard cap, or go 80/20. For the last seven years, they have opted out. Employees hired prior to 2012 were only going to pay 10 percent in premium shares instead of the 20 percent. We were able to hang onto that for another year," said MAP Labor Relations Specialist Jim Steffes. "They’re going to get a shift premium from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. of 20 cents an hour which they never had before. We held onto the option for those that buy up to PPO 1. PPO 4 is their standard health care plan. The Employer was trying to take it out.”

Contract Duration: 3-year agreement ratified Feb. 24, 2017 and effective 1-1-17 to 12-31-19.

Wage Increases:
1% increase effective Jan. 1, 2017.
2% increase effective Jan. 1, 2018.
2% increase effective Jan. 1, 2019.
• $500 signing bonus effective upon ratification.

Fringe Benefits: Added shift premium of 20 cents per hour for 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift. Continue annual wellness and equipment reimbursement program of up to $500. Added $100 per year payout for having annual physical.

Health Insurance: Preserved 10 percent Employee premium share for healthcare for 2017. In 2018, Employer may continue to opt out of PA 152 or switch to 80 percent of premium paid by Employer and 20 percent paid by Employees. Employees continue to have choice of standard PPO 4 with option to buy up to PPO 1.

Bargaining Team: MAP Labor Relations Specialist Jim Steffes, Livingston County Sergeants Vice President Gary Childers, President Ryan Vorhies, Sgt. Dan Knapp and Sgt. Brad Fetner.

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.