As introduced, the coalition of Police and Fire organizations are opposed to House Bills 5298-5313 and Senate Bills 686-701.
Our coalition is supportive of implementing the unanimous recommendations of Governor Snyder’s talk force on Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Governments. Unfortunately, these legislative packages go beyond the consensus report and threaten the benefits of active and retired police officers and fire fighters.
The core principles that our coalition supports are:
1. Maintaining the Ability to Collectively Bargain
Many of these financial issues are being addressed locally through collective bargainingand cooperative action by labor and management. We are opposed to language in this proposal that prohibits our ability to negotiate certain issues through collective bargaining.
2. Protecting Benefits That Have Been Promise
Police officers and fire fighters put their lives on the line every day. We cannot support legislation that impacts the promises made in collective bargaining agreements. These promises were made, and they need to be kept. The legislation as currently written, jeopardizes the agreements and promised made.
Our Coalition supports the legislative solution outlined in the Governor’s task force recommendations that ensure properly fund healthcare and pension benefits.
Our Coalition support requiring consistent and uniformed data reporting regarding the funding of benefits by local governments
Our Coalition supports changes to help communities that are not funding retirement benefits to implement changes and properly fund those promises.
We are opposed to legislative changes that undo collective bargaining agreements or threaten benefits which have been promised.