"The law says every year the Employer can decide if they’ll opt out, go hard cap, or go 80/20. For the last seven years, they have opted out. Employees hired prior to 2012 were only going to pay 10 percent in premium shares instead of the 20 percent. We were able to hang onto that for another year," said MAP Labor Relations Specialist Jim Steffes. "They’re going to get a shift premium from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. of 20 cents an hour which they never had before. We held onto the option for those that buy up to PPO 1. PPO 4 is their standard health care plan. The Employer was trying to take it out.”

Contract Duration: 3-year agreement ratified Feb. 24, 2017 and effective 1-1-17 to 12-31-19.

Wage Increases:
1% increase effective Jan. 1, 2017.
2% increase effective Jan. 1, 2018.
2% increase effective Jan. 1, 2019.
• $500 signing bonus effective upon ratification.

Fringe Benefits: Added shift premium of 20 cents per hour for 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift. Continue annual wellness and equipment reimbursement program of up to $500. Added $100 per year payout for having annual physical.

Health Insurance: Preserved 10 percent Employee premium share for healthcare for 2017. In 2018, Employer may continue to opt out of PA 152 or switch to 80 percent of premium paid by Employer and 20 percent paid by Employees. Employees continue to have choice of standard PPO 4 with option to buy up to PPO 1.

Bargaining Team: MAP Labor Relations Specialist Jim Steffes, Livingston County Sergeants Vice President Gary Childers, President Ryan Vorhies, Sgt. Dan Knapp and Sgt. Brad Fetner.