Local Executive Board Members and Local Stewards are encouraged to attend free fall Grievance Seminars on Fridays at the MAPE Office.

The Seminars, conducted by MAPE Executive Director Fred Timpner, will provide valuable information about key grievance issues. Two fall seminars are scheduled Sept. 20 and Oct. 25, 2019. The Sept. 20 seminar will focus on Contract Interpretation. Discipline will be the topic at Oct. 25 seminar. Seminars begin at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served. Details can be found on the website Calendar.

Please register as soon as possible as space is limited to 12 people. Call Julie Palmquist at (248) 509-7159, ext. 231 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO) recently sent a letter urging Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the state legislature to come up with a budget deal generating over $2 billion mapoto fix Michigan roads.

The letter discourages reductions in General Fund revenue to fix roads, which reduces funding to public safety and first responders. A proposed change in the sales tax on fuel could cause an additional $200 million loss to General Fund revenue, according to MAPO.

Click here to view MAPO’s Road Budget Recommendation.

By Jennifer Gomori, MAPE Editor

While some people are concerned about what they post, text and otherwise share online, just as many view this as their First Amendment right to freedom of speech. No matter your view on the subject, legal advisors for MAPE are urging members to think twice before posting or texting anything sexual, racial or even political.

“You have a First Amendment right to say whatever you want to, but you don’t have a constitutional right to your job,” said MAPE Legal Counsel Catherine Farrell.

Public Employees should understand specific restrictions detailed in their contracts. “Look to the CBA to make sure you don’t violate it,” said Farmington Hills Attorney Arthur J. Weiss, who joined Farrell in a Social Media discussion with Union members during the Annual Open House in December.

Weiss recounted a case in which a Detective was accused of hitting on a witness and complainant. “There was nothing in the CBA for sexting, however it was clear the department could discipline him if they thought it was warranted,” Weiss said.

In an effort to support the dedicated men and women in public service careers, Cleary University is offering the Courage and Public Service Tuition Program, an exclusive pricing clearylogoopportunity for all undergraduate and graduate programs. Taking into account the sacrifices and courage it takes to be a public service employee, Cleary’s tuition program provides online and flexible evening classes and allows up to 90 transfer credits. Attend classes at one of Cleary’s three convenient locations: Howell, Detroit, or Ann Arbor. Click here for more about academic programs and degrees offered at Cleary. 

Fire Science.org has put together a comprehensive guidebook for women in public service careers. In this guide, readers can access in-depth insights and research about careers in homeland security, forestry, public administration, cyber security, emergency management, criminal justice and paramedics.

This guide highlights careers for women in public service, throughout history and today.

A 2011 report by the Department of Labor found that women are 50 percent more likely than men to work in public sector jobs, with 18.2 percent of all female Americans serving in this arena. Click here to learn more about public service jobs for women and information about potential salaries and education requirements for specific positions.

FireScience.org began in 2012 to provide quality data and information for students pursuing a career in fire science. The website provides tools and resources to help students and professionals make well-informed decisions about their education and career training.