The List of Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union Recommended & Endorsed Candidates
On September 12, 2016, the MPFFU Executive Board approved an updated list of recommended candidates for the November 8th elections. You can view the list by clicking here. These recommendations are based on how the candidates stand on issues that are important to us as firefighters. The recommended candidates for State Representative filled out questionnaires that were based solely on firefighter and labor issues. Incumbents were also screened for how they voted on the issues important to us while they have been in office. Remember, the MPFFU Executive Board is not telling you how to vote, we are simply offering you information to help you make an informed choice at the ballot box.
Applications for the Delegato-McColl Labor Scholarship Program Now Being Accepted
The Delegato/McColl Scholarship was created for active members of the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to become union leaders at the state, local, and international level. This scholarship is intended to educate less experienced union members in an effort to prevent knowledge gaps at the state and local level created by the departure of many of our distinguished union leaders.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated involvement in their local union, and a desire to develop the foundation required to grow as an organized labor leader. Candidates should pay special attention to the schedule of the required classes for this program, and understand the work load involved. The Delegato/McColl scholarship will cover the cost of tuition for the Wayne State Labor School Program. ($750) All candidates must submit the accompanying application along with their response to the essay question listed on the application. The requirements and overview of the content of the program are listed in the attachment to this email. Please call the MPFFU office at 734-675-0206 if you have any questions.
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.
Fire Fighters Assistance Program
Confidential FFAP Hotline: 1.888.731.FIRE Available 24/7
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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.