Board OKs police officers’ contract, firefighters’ old contract extended

FLINT TWP. — The township board has settled a three-year labor contract with the Command Officers Association of Michigan (COAM) union.

Provisions include a two percent raise for all years of the contract, same as given to other employees with settled contracts.

Other terms set an Early Reporting Time (ERT) rate at .25 cents per hour/day at the beginning of a shift. Also bereavement terms will change to 24 hours, instead of three days.

The township board approved the agreement 5-2 with trustees Belenda Parker and Barb Vert holding to their previous objection to giving raises.

Parker commented that except for the raises she has no problem with the terms of the contract.

The board has yet to come to terms with the Police Officers Association of Michigan and firefighters union.

However, the board unanimously approved a request to extend the existing contract with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).

The current contract expired December 17. The board agreed to a 90-day extension, beginning January 1 through March 31 to allow time for mediation.

Before approving the extension, trustees George Menoutes and Frank Kasle asked what the hold up is.

Supervisor Karyn Miller said the two sides have been unable to come to terms and are entering mediation. Without an active contract, the firefighters union would lose their Act 312 binding arbitration rights, she said.

Township labor attorney Steve Schultz recommended approving the extension as a show of goodwill, she said.

“Okay, I hope we get some goodwill back,’” Kasle said.

Miller said she would have Schultz come in to present to the board an update on the outcome of mediation.

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