September 2012

Update: Georgia corrections officer dies; second officer killing in less than a month

Update: Larry Stell, a corrections officer at Telfair State Prison in Helena, Georgia, has also been killed. He died Oct. 11 after an inmate stabbed him in a housing area. Services were Oct. 14.

Original post:

Colorado corrections employee killed, another injured in attack

MCO staff and members are mourning the loss of Sgt. Mary Ricard, a Colorado corrections employee who was slain by an inmate earlier this week.

Although MCO staff did not know her personally, it’s a blow to corrections workers around the country any time one of our brothers or sisters dies in the line of duty.

Ricard and another sergeant were attacked while overseeing breakfast preparations Monday at Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility. It is believed an inmate assaulted them with a sharp object. Richard was working on her day off.

Sgt. Lori Gann is in critical condition at a Colorado hospital.

Gann is a member of “Colorado Wins,” a union that represents a variety of state employees, including those in corrections. “Colorado Wins” is affiliated with SEIU, MCO’s parent union.

Please join us in praying for Gann’s quick recovery and for peace for the grieving families and friends of both of these women.

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OEL Letter of Agreement

Click here to read the Letter of Agreement concerning the new overtime pilot.

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MCO Central

MCO Central Conference

Conference begins at 10 a.m. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.

Contact person: Lori Idring (517)485-3310


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Country Inn and Suites

Country Inn and Suites

6511 Centurion Drive

Lansing, MI 48917

 

Special rates:

$65 on standard rooms, studio suites, one-bedroom suites

$105 on two bedroom and jacuzzi suites

You must make a reservation by phone to get these deals. Call (517)827-7000 and refer to MCO’s preferred rate agreement when making reservations.

Discount expires 12/31/13.

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New officers welcomed to MDOC at graduation ceremony

Nearly 50 men and women in the Carol Howes Officer Recruit Training Class were honored at a graduation ceremony Friday at Ionia Correctional Facility.

They will serve at Bellamy Creek, Michigan Reformatory and Ionia correctional facilities.

Graduate Matthew Schultz received the Josephine B. McCallum Award and graduate Kenneth Chileshe received the Jack L. Budd Award. The top academic achiever was Christopher Balmes.

The class was named in honor of Carol Howes, who retired from the Department of Corrections in May after more than 40 years of service. Howes held many positions during her decades with the department. She was Warden of the Michigan Dunes Correctional Facility and the Florence Crane Women’s Facility in Coldwater. Most recently, she was Warden of Lakeland Correctional Facility.

Bonita Hoffner, who is now Warden at Lakeland, spoke on Howes’ behalf at the ceremony. Howes could not attend due to illness. Howes is a bookworm, animal rights advocate, a former Peace Corps volunteer and a labor rights supporter, Hoffner said.

Hoffner told a story that conveyed Howes’ can-do attitude. Howes and her 96-year-old mother couldn’t start a car, and Howes decided they should push it down a hill.  Once it was rolling, Howes would jump in and start the engine. At least that was the plan. The car ended up stuck in a pond. After a tow truck driver came to their rescue and dislodged the car, Howes made sure to ask for help starting it, too.

Howes would encourage officers to learn what inmate behaviors aren’t normal. Knowing what’s not normal could save a life, she would say.

“Carol had a great way with people,” Hoffner said.

MDOC Director Daniel Heyns also addressed the class.

“It’s a very, very hard job you’re about to under take,” he said.

MCO congratulates the new officers on their hard work and wishes them the best on their new careers.

Click here to see more photos on MCO’s Flickr page.

 

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Grievance committee

Grievance review meeting

Contact:

Lori Iding
lori@mco-seiu.org
517-485-3310

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Grievance Committee

Grievance review meeting

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Lori Iding
lori@mco-seiu.org
517-485-3310

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Grievance Committee

Grievance review meeting

 

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Grievance Committee

Grievance review meeting

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Lori Iding
lori@mco-seiu.org
517-485-3310

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Grievance Committee

Grievance review meeting

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Lori Iding
lori@mco-seiu.org
517-485-3310

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