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Governor signs bill reinstating collective bargaining rights

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: November 17, 2014

Matt Kurda, Karoub and Associates, legislative advisor to MAPO, (from top left) joins Rep. John Walsh, Police Officers Labor Council Executive Committee Chair Paul Combs, MAPO Secretary/Treasurer Fred Timpner, and MAPO Executive Board Member Mike Sauger with Gov. Rick Snyder (center) for the signing of HB 5097, a bill to restore collective bargaining rights to Act 312-eligible public employees. Now known as Public Act 322, the law no longer prohibits wage or benefit increases, including step increases and longevity, authorized under the expired contract. It also does not prohibit retroactive application of wage or benefit increases if the increase is awarded by an arbitration panel to a negotiated contract. Also, employers can no longer saddle emoloyees with 100 percent of health insurance cost increases once a contract expires. Now those costs cannot exceed the employee’s share under the Publicly Funded Health Insurance Contribution Act.

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