October 2012

Executive Board appeals

The State Executive Board will hear grievance appeals.

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Executive Board meeting

Monthly meeting of the State Executive Board.

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Ready, Set, Vote! November 2012

Cast your vote wisely this November. Here is some information to help you get started.

Here are some links to election information:

  • To find how your legislator voted on bills introduced this year, visit http://www.legislature.mi.gov. Also from this page, you can contact your senator and your representative.

MCO’s recommendations on the proposals on this year’s ballot:

Proposal 1: Referendum on Emergency Financial Manager Law

PA 4 of 2011, commonly referred to as the “Emergency Financial Manager Law” was one of Rick Snyder’s first actions as Governor. The law granted non-elected, gubernatorial appointees the power to take over troubled cities and schools and gave them sweeping rights to invalidate contracts, reorganize government and overrule locally elected officials. The referendum seeks to rectify this injustice.

A “Yes” vote will affirm the law.

A “No” vote will repeal it.

MCO Recommendation: VOTE NO


Proposal 2: Protect Working Families (Collective Bargaining)

This proposal would establish a constitutional right to collective bargaining and give protection against the anti-union/anti-worker laws currently being pursued in the legislature. With “right to work” on the horizon this proposal is the only way to protect our families, wages, hours and other conditions of employment.

A “Yes” vote will add the proposal to the Michigan Constitution.

A “No” vote will reject the proposal.

MCO Recommendation: VOTE YES


Proposal 3: 25% Renewable Energy Sources by 2025

This proposal will require energy companies to produce 25% of their electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar or hydroelectric by 2025.  Advocates predict this will generate up to 10.3 billion in new investments by rebuilding Michigan’s manufacturing sector and creating an estimated 94,000 jobs. Proposal 3 includes incentives to use Michigan equipment and Michigan workers.

A “Yes” vote will adopt the 25% by 2025 into the State Constitution.

A “No” vote will reject the new standard.

MCO Has No Position At This Time


Proposal 4: “Keep Home Care a Safe Choice”

Proposal 4 establishes a registry to link home care recipients with pre-screened home care providers in their area. Home care providers on the registry will be required to undergo criminal background checks and will have access to training so they can better care for seniors and persons with disabilities. Proposal 4 will allow seniors and persons with disabilities the choice to remain in their own homes instead of being forced into expensive nursing homes or other institutions. Proposal 4 can save taxpayer dollars, as home care is much less expensive to taxpayers than nursing homes.

A “Yes” vote will allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively.

A “No” vote will maintain current law barring home health care workers from collective bargaining rights.

MCO Recommendation: VOTE YES


Proposal 5: A Proposal to Amend the State Constitution and “Require a Supermajority for Tax Changes”

On its face this sounds good. Wrong! This proposal would prohibit the legislature from increasing taxes by requiring a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate, or statewide approval by voters, to increase taxes. Why is this bad? Not having the ability to raise taxes means little chance of lowering them because there is no guarantee of getting a supermajority in times of need. Imagine minority rule! This would also handcuff the state’s ability to fund important services or deal with future economic downturns in a balanced manner.

A “Yes” vote would amend the Michigan Constitution to require a 2/3 supermajority to raise taxes.

A “No” vote would reject the proposal and maintain the current standard.

MCO Recommendation: Vote NO


Proposal 6: “The Bridge Debate”

This proposal, funded almost exclusively by the owners of the Ambassador Bridge, would mandate a statewide vote of any new border crossing.  This would greatly increase the cost and complexity of building a new bridge or tunnel between Michigan and Canada.

A “Yes” vote would require support in a statewide vote to build a new international bridge.

A “No” vote would leave the state legislature to decide when international bridges should be built.

MCO Has No Position At This Time


MCO recommendations for Michigan Supreme Court Judges:

Wayne County Circuit Judge Connie Kelley

Oakland County District Judge Shelia Johnson

University of Michigan law professor Bridget McCormack

Remember, if you vote straight-party, press on and complete the entire ballot. Non-partisan races, such as the Supreme Court, are not included in straight-party voting. Carefully examine the ballot and vote on every proposal and race.

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Uniform Committee

Uniform Committee meeting.

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Retirees working with Michigan’s most dangerous? It’s not worth the risk!

MCO needs your help to defeat two bills that would allow retirees to work up to 1,040 hours a year while they collect a pension.

The Department of Corrections was the driving force behind Senate Bill 1053 and House Bill 5881. They say the move will save about $10 million a year by cutting overtime costs. MDOC hasn’t shared details about how they arrived at that figure.

MCO’s chief concerns with letting retirees work are prison safety and security.

If the bills pass, retired corrections officers – who may not have worked in a prison for many years – could start working again, even though they lack valuable knowledge about the inmates, other officers and routines at the facility. And since the retirees would be allowed to work occasionally, they may never develop a full awareness of the facility environment.

The bills don’t sufficiently address MCO’s concerns regarding retirees’ training and a whole host of other issues. The Department has not answered our questions, either.

The senate is scheduled to have a hearing on the senate bill next week. Please take a moment to send an email to your state senator and your state representative asking them to vote no if this comes up for a vote.

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Muskegon – MCF

Vice President– Mike Stellino (6 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
2nd Vice President– Tim Alexander
Chief Steward– Kristopher Witham (6 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Secretary– Randall Oom
Steward– Mark Smith (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.)
Steward– Nicole Fisher (2 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
Steward – John Wilbur (6 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Steward – Alfred Carrillo (6 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

2400 S. Sheridan Drive
Muskegon, MI 49442

Sherry Burt

James Crofoot (6 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Chapter President

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Update: Crisis Fund gun raffle winners announced


Raffle winners are:

1st prize: Jeremy Lightfoot
2nd prize: Richard Gring
3rd prize: Lee Rowell
4th prize: Monte Wells
5th prize: Greg Griffes
6th prize: Mike Bauers
7th prize: Connie Nickelson
8th prize: Lyle Enterline

Here’s the list of prizes:

• 1st prize is a deer hunt at Hopkins Trophy Whitetail Ranch (a $3,495 value)

• 2nd prize is a Smith & Wesson MP-15 .223/5.56 ($1,000 value)

• 3rd prize is a Tenpoint Titan Extreme w/ Accudraw ($700 value)

• 4th prize is a Remington 700 w/ scope .30-06 ($425 value)

• 5th prize is a Remington 700 w/ scope .270 W ($425 value)

• 6th prize is a Remington 700 w/ scope .308 W ($425 value)

• 7th prize is an H&R Ultra Slug 12 ga. ($260 value)

• 8th prize is an H&R Ultra Slug 20 ga. ($260 value)

All prizes will be picked up at any Gander Mountain store or the winners may take a Gander Mountain gift card equivalent.  All proceeds will go to the MCO Crisis Fund.

Thanks for supporting the MCO Crisis Fund!

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