The House Local Government committee has announced a hearing on a new bill introduced last month would amend PA 54 of 2012, the law prohibiting retroactive wage increases, to exempt police officers and firefighters. The hearing is scheduled for next Thursday, September 27, at 9 a.m.
HB 5780 seeks to undo one of last year’s important reforms by exempting those employees who are subject to PA 312. Our members have hailed PA 54 as a success because it has allowed for the settlement of contracts more quickly and has resulted in cost savings and fewer PA 312 arbitrations. Exempting police and fire from PA 54 would increase local costs as well as increase the number of communities going to PA 312 arbitration.
The League will be testifying in opposition to this legislation, but please contact your legislators and ask them vote no if it comes up on the House floor. The legislature made significant reforms that were beneficial to communities last year, and this seeks to undo that progress.
Samantha Harkins is the Director of State Affairs for the League and handles municipal finance and labor issues. She can be reached at 517-908-0306 or email at [email protected]