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      Legislative Report - updated through May 19, 2017

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      To the agencies, providers and MCAs:

      At 8:00 am on June 5, 2017, the Department will be implementing our new online licensing system for EMS personnel that will include initial and renewal licensing, as well as license verification.  At that time, all paper licensing applications will no longer be accepted.  If an applicant submits a paper application, it will be returned with instructions on how to apply for a license through the new online eLicensing portal.

      We appreciate your feedback and patience as we transition to this new system. 

      Sabrina Slee, BA, MPA

      EMS Section Manager

      Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

      Bureau of EMS, Trauma & Preparedness

      SleeS@michigan.gov

      Direct: (517) 241-3024

      EMS Section Main Line: (517) 241-3025

      Fax: (517) 335-9434

      Website: www.michigan.gov/ems


       

      2017 FIRE OPS Event for Legislators

      The Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union held its annual Fire OPS event for members of the Michigan Legislature on April 17th.  This event gives elected officials an opportunity to get a hands-on glimpse into the the many facets of the every day duties and responsibilities of a firefighter/paramedic in Michigan.

      This years participants included Representatives Tommy Brann, Tom Barrett, Brian Elder, Abdullah Hammond, Leslie Love, Jeff Noble, Jenell Jones, Terry Sabo, Tom Cochran, and Donna Lasinski as well as representatives for Kelley Cawthorne Consulting. 

      The MPFFU would like to thank LCC for hosting the event and David Weisenberg and Melissa Yutzey for organizing the event.  In addition, several LCC instructors, Local 421 members, and members of the MPFFU Politicial Education Committee assisted and contributed to making the event a great sucess.  More pictures can be found here.



       


        

      Governor Snyder Appoints MPFFU President Mark Docherty to Task Force On Municipal Retiree Benefits

      Governor Rick Snyder has created a Task Force on Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government to address the unfunded health care and pension liabilities associated with the 334 local governments that provide such benefits to their employees.

      “My goal for this task force is to have collaboration among legislators, state and local government officials, and employee representatives to ensure the financial stability and effective delivery of local government services for the coming decades,” Mr. Snyder said in a statement announcing the Task Force. “As we discuss this growing financial problem across the state, it is imperative that we also keep retirees in mind who rely on these programs.”

      The issue of health care and pension unfunded liabilities has become a major issue and came up during December’s lame duck agenda as a possible last-minute item to clear before the start of the new Legislature. But the complexity of the issue crumbled under its own weight, setting it for returning legislators as a priority for this term.

      The task force – comprised of subject matter experts representing labor and management, investment managers, insurance financial professionals and legislators – was directed by Mr. Snyder to provide recommendations on pension and health care reforms this spring.

      Mr. Snyder’s staff led a workgroup on the issue about a year ago, but the governor said in December he wanted to assemble a group with a broader array of members.


       
      Recorded Webinar Training Sessions Now Available

      Would you like to learn more about being a "Union Officer"?  The MPFFU recently offered a series of webinars to provide helpful information to current union officers and other union members that may want to become union officers in the future.  These webinars were recorded and now you can view them anytime!  Click on the tab labeled "Webinars to Watch Now" in the heading near the top of this page to see the list of available webinars.


      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. 


       

      I started this to help out the locals in the downriver area. We benefit so many good causes throughout the year that there really isn't anything for the guys. The money earned can be spent on anything(groceries) or just something they need or having been wanting for their house. Every year, a new local or firehouse will be drawn to receive the proceeds. Also I have the link down below for the Facebook group page that has even more information, the link to buy tickets and all about the hotel and its discounted prices. Hope to see you there, it's a great time! Fraternally, James Bishop 734-765-7097
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      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.

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