The MPFFU Executive Board has finalized our list of endorsements for the November 3rd General Election. We believe these candidates will best support our firefighter issues. Please give these candidates your consideration when you vote.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, along with leaders in education, business, labor and workforce development, today launched the nation’s first program offering tuition-free college to an estimated 625,000 Michiganders who provided essential, frontline services during COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Safe orders between April – June 2020.
Futures for Frontliners, inspired by the GI Bill which provided college degree to those serving their country in WWII, offers Michigan adults without college degrees or high school diplomas who provided essential services during the pandemic a tuition-free pathway to gaining the skills needed to obtain high-demand, high-wage careers. The funding is not only available to those in the medical field, but also essential workers in manufacturing, nursing homes, grocery stores, sanitation, delivery, retail and more.
“This initiative is Michigan’s way of expressing gratitude to essential workers for protecting public health and keeping our state running,” Whitmer said. “Whether it was stocking shelves, delivering supplies, picking up trash, manufacturing PPE or providing medical care, you were there for us. Now this is your chance to pursue the degree or training you’ve been dreaming about to help you and your own family succeed.”
To be eligible for the program, applicants must:
- Be a Michigan resident
- Have worked in an essential industry at least part-time for 11 of the 13 weeks between April 1 – June 30, 2020
- Have been required by their job to work outside the home at least some of the time between April 1 – June 30, 2020
- Not have previously earned an associate or bachelor’s degree
- Not be in default on a Federal student loan
- Complete a Futures for Frontliners scholarship application by 11:59 p.m., Dec. 31, 2020
Frontline workers are encouraged to visit www.michigan.gov/Frontliners to explore career opportunities, a list of local community colleges and get started on their application – even if they don’t already have a high school diploma.
Fire Fighter COVID-19 Exposure is Covered by Workers Compensation
On June 18, 2020, Governor Whitmer Issued an Executive Order stating that first responders employees who are confirmed as COVID-19 positive on or after March 18, 2020, either by physician or by test, shall be presumed to have suffered a “personal injury,” as that term is defined by section 401(2)(b) of the WDCA, MCL 418.401(2)(b) unless the employer can prove otherwise. The complete Executive Order can be found here.
Governor Announces Appointments to State Fire Board
The Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union is pleased to announce that two MPFFU members were recently appointed to the State Fire Safety Board by Governor Whitmer. These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate. Tavis Millerov is a member of L1600-Meridian Township and Brian Talvensaari is a member of L643-Marquette. Congratulations to both of you! All the appointments to the State Fire Safety Board are listed below.
Tavis Millerov of Williamston, to represent members from organized fire departments in the Lower Peninsula
Randall Halstead, to represents members from the liquefied petroleum or flammable compressed gas industry
Jeramie Morris to represent members from the chemical manufacturing industry
Brian Talvensaari of Marquette, to represents a member from organized fire departments in the Upper Peninsula
Dr. Julie Bulson of Grand Rapids, reappointed to represent hospital administrators
WSU Psychiatry extends free mental health service to state's police, firefighters and immediate families
Subscribe to the State of Michigan’s COVID-19 website here. The state is also operating a coronavirus hotline at (888) 535-6136. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control updates information and resources here.
MPFFU Assists with a Study to Learn About PFAS Levels in Fire Fighters
A grant was recently awarded to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, to study PFAS levels in firefighters across the state. The State Fire Marshal and the MPFFU have been assisting with developing the study and to educate our membership on why they are needed to be involved in it. View this webinar to learn more about how the study will be conducted and what firefighters will be asked to take part in it.
IAFF-FC and Aetna have teamed up to offer IAFF retired fire fighters and their spouses comprehensive Medicare Advantage plans. Click here to learn more.
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MPFFU License Plate
The main office of the Secretary of State will now contact the MPFFU to verify your membership as an active member or retiree in our organization prior to mailing your new or replacement MPFFU license plate. Please call 734-675-0206 if you have any questions.
If you see a non-member with the MPFFU plate on their vehicle, please contact the MPFFU with the plate number. The SOS will require the non-member to return the plate within 30 days.