CALL TO ACTION- December 3, 2016
Lansing Rally and Lobby Day Information
When: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
Where: The Capital Steps and East Lawn Area (Check-in at the MPFFU Tent)
Purpose: Rally with other Public Employee Groups to Show Strong Opposition to House Bills 6074-6086.
What to Wear: Fire Helmets if you can or Fire Union Jackets with Red Shirts
As you already know, these bills affect health insurance coverage for active and currently retired public employees. The bills have been assigned to the House Local Government Committee. Your calls and emails slowed down their plan to vote the bills out of committee last Thursday. It is expected that the committee Chairperson will continue to take testimony for and against these bills sometime again on December 6th.
The purpose of this Rally & Lobby Day is to kill all of these bills in committee. If that doesn’t work then we will need to stall the vote on the House floor. We believe that your presence in Lansing on Tuesday and continuing our phone calls and emails to Legislator’s will make that happen.
The outside rally should conclude by 10:30 a.m. and then attendees will go into the House and Senate Gallery, the House Government Committee hearing and/or to the offices of key Representatives.
Feel free to make some homemade signs. Some suggested slogans you might consider using are:
Saving Your Lives- Losing Our Health Care
Protecting Communities-Losing Our Protection
Promises Made-Promises Broken
Stop The Over Reach
Keep Local Control
Protect the First Responders Who Protect Us
The expected turn-out will make finding parking difficult. Car pooling is encouraged. This link will take you to a map that shows the location of several parking structures in the area. http://www.michigan.gov/images/dmb/LansingVisitorParking_352819_7.jpg\
Please share this information with your brothers and sisters. Encourage those that can’t attend to continue contacting their Representatives and those on the House Local Government Committee.
Continue to check your email and join and visit the MPFFU Members Only Facebook page for the latest updates.
Legislation expanding benefits to families of fallen first responders signed into law.
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016
LANSING, Mich. – Legislation extending medical benefits to surviving families of Michigan first responders who die in the line of duty was signed today by the Governor.
“Supporting families of fallen first responders is unquestionably the right thing to do. Michigan values our first responders, and this legislation allows the state to properly honor and support their sacrifices,” Snyder said.
Senate Bill 218, sponsored by state Sen. Wayne Schmidt, provides medical benefits to surviving family members of local public safety officers. The bill expands on current benefits to include 60 months of health care in addition to an existing one-time payment of $25,000. The law is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2015. The bill is now Public Act 284 of 2016. Here is an analysis of the new law.
First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund - Application for Benefits
Pursuant to Public Act 515 of 2014 the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund was created.(AKA Cancer Presumption Law) The Director of the Workers' Compensation Agency is the administrator of the Fund. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has created a webpage explaining the process to apply for benefits.
There are still many unanswered questions regarding how the funding is going to be distributed. According to the website, a list of potential claimants is being created and applications will be logged based on the date they are received by their office.
Anyone that meets the critera listed on this webpage should submit an application to get your name on the list. We will provide more information when it becomes available.
If you have any questions on the administration of this fund, you may also contact the Claims Processing Division at 517-284-8912.
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Click here for a recent article about suicide in the fire service.
MPFFU License Plate
The branch offices of the Secretary of State now require individuals to provide proof of MPFFU membership to obtain the MPFFU License Plate. You must show either your IAFF membership card or a letter from the MPFFU verifying that you are a member or eligible retiree to obtain the plate. Please call 734-675-0206 to obtain a proof of membership letter. If you see a non-member with the MPFFU plate on their vehicle, please contact the MPFFU with the plate number. The SOS will make the individual return the plate if they are not a member of our organization.