REQUESTING Information from Your Employer: FOIA vs PERA??
The general public usually has to use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain information from a City or Township. Many of these communities have a specific form that can be found on their website explaining the process to file your request. There is usually a cost associated with obtaining this information.
If the information you are looking for is related to contract negotiations with your employer, you are entitled to a majority of the information through a "PERA Request". PERA is the Public Employment Relations Act and it has provisions that a public employer must share information with bargaining units in order for them to represent their members. With a PERA Request there should not be a fee associated with the request.
A sample request would contain:
RE: PERA Information Request
Dear [City Manager/Mayor]:
Local ______, is requesting the employer to furnish the information listed to allow it to perform its statutory duties as exclusive bargaining agent under PERA MCLA 723.201, et seq. for the purpose of representing its members in negotiations.
Refusal to supply information could constitute a violation of PERA. Accordingly, absent timely compliance with this request, would constitute an Unfair Labor Practice Charge with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
You can modify the letter to include the specific list of the documents you wish to receive.
Thanks to 4th District Vice President Steven Heim for preparing this information.
Contact Information for Local Union Executive Board Members
You can access the most accurate contact information for local union officers from the IAFF website by clicking on this link. After you log-in, click on Dashboard, then Officer Resources and then Affiliate Directory.. You can search by local name, local number, by state, or by the officers name if you know it. This data is updated daily.