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.”


* 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.

Waterford Grievance Arbitration Decisions

The Arbitrator agreed with the Waterford Police Officers' Association and MAP by stating the past practice of paying FTOs a daily overtime rate of 1.5 hours per 10 hour shift of training new officers could not be unilaterally changed without the benefit of union input.

Appearances before the Arbitrator included Fred Timpner, Executive Director of MAP and Officers Himmelspach, Taylor, Foley and Biggs. After hearing testimony, Arbitrator Anne Patton agreed with the Union's position that the Township violated the Maintenance of Conditions clause of the contract by reducing the FTO's rate of compensation. The practice was clear and consistent and remained unchanged for seven years before an attempt was made to reduce the benefit.

In another grievance, Arbitrator Joseph Girolamo agreed with MAP's position that overtime had to be paid to officers who proctored a written examination for new hire police candidates. The Chief hand picked officers to observe the examination process and be available to answer any questions from the candidates. By doing so, he failed to abide by the equalization of overtime procedure. Arbitrator Girolamo ruled that overtime must be paid to the officer who was passed over when the invitation went out for the detail.

These are examples of how MAP stands ready to protect the rights of its members. These cases show how each and every member is important to us.