November 2012

Retirees bill passes House; immediate action needed!

HB 5881, which would allow MDOC retirees to work in prisons part time through September 2013, passed out of the state House of Representatives Wednesday evening. 58 representatives voted for the bill and 48 voted against.

Here’s a list of representatives and how they voted:

(Not sure who your state representative is? Click here.)

Bolger   Haines   MacGregor   Potvin
Bumstead   Haveman   MacMaster   Price
Callton Heise McBroom Pscholka
Cotter Hooker McMillin Rendon
Crawford Horn
Moss Rogers
Daley Hughes Muxlow Schmidt, R.
Damrow Huuki Nesbitt Schmidt, W.
Denby Jacobsen O’Brien Shirkey
Foster Johnson Olson Somerville
Franz Knollenberg Opsommer Stamas
Genetski Kowall Ouimet Tyler
Gilbert Kurtz Outman Walsh
Glardon LaFontaine Pettalia Yonker
Lund Poleski Zorn
Graves Lyon
Agema Dillon Jackson Rutledge
Ananich Durhal Jenkins Santana
Barnett Farrington Kandrevas Segal
Bledsoe Geiss LeBlanc Smiley
Brown Greimel Lindberg Stallworth
Brunner Hammel Lipton Stanley
Byrum Haugh
Liss Stapleton
Cavanagh Hobbs McCann Switalski
Clemente Hovey-Wright Meadows Talabi
Constan Howze Nathan


This bill will now go to the state Senate for a vote. The Senate reconvenes Tuesday. It is imperative you contact your state senator right away and ask for a no vote! Click here to email your senator.

(Please note, the campaign this link will take you to is not the same exact campaign MCO posted in October. We have updated the email you can send your Senator to reflect the most recent action on the bill. Even if you emailed your legislators last month, don’t hesitate to email them this updated letter.)



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MCO president writes letters to raise awareness of security cuts

MCO President Tom Tylutki wrote letters to the editors of several publications this month in light of incidents at KCF and SRF. A few publications published the letter, but many did not.

In case you didn’t see a letter in your local newspaper, here is the text of Tom’s letters.

To editors of newspapers in the Upper Peninsula:

Dear Editor:

Early this year, corrections officers led informational pickets around the state to raise awareness of dangerous prison security cuts. Perimeter Security Vehicles and routine vehicle patrols were on the chopping block. The Department of Corrections said habitual patrols were too expensive and sporadic patrols would be sufficient. Now the habitual patrols are gone, and we’re seeing the repercussions.

Before day break Nov. 6, a car pulled up outside a housing unit at the Kinross Correctional Facility in Kincheloe. An officer saw someone get out of the car and throw more than 10 packages over the perimeter fences. By the time the officer called for help, and the prison command center dispatched another officer in a security vehicle, it was too late – no one could get a description of the car or the suspect.

Inside the packages were more than two dozen cell phones, six grams of heroin, two pounds of marijuana, two pounds of tobacco, a body-building supplement and cigarette lighters.
When it comes to prison security, every second counts. I can’t help but wonder if this story would have had a different ending if the routine patrols were still in place.

Tom Tylutki
President, Michigan Corrections Organization
421 W. Kalamazoo
Lansing, MI 48933

To editors of newspapers near Saginaw:

Dear Editor:
Early this year, corrections officers led informational pickets around the state to raise awareness of dangerous cost – cutting measures. The Saginaw Correctional Facility has been hit hard.The number of officers working in housing units has been reduced by the Department of Corrections. There are no more routine perimeter security checks – a scary thought when you consider a large hole was found last week in the inner perimeter fence at the Saginaw prison.Outside prison walls, police presence deters crime. Inside the walls, the presence of corrections officers deters crime. Unfortunately, there are fewer officers keeping prisons and communities safe.Tom Tylutki
President, Michigan Corrections Organization
421 W. Kalamazoo
Lansing, MI 48933


MCO will continue efforts to raise awareness of the safety threats corrections officers encounter every day.

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Action Needed: “Right to Work” Fight!


Get involved in your community’s efforts to protect working families from harmful legislation during the Lame Duck session. Events are happening now across the state. Click here to find an event near you.


Dear MCO Members and Friends,

The crap is about to hit the fan!  As we feared, the legislature is talking about taking up the so called, “Right to Work” bills they’ve been sitting on for the last two years.  There are a variety of bills before them — some would make the whole state Right to Work (just like in the southern states) and certain bills would just do it to governmental employee’s.  In addition, there are bills that would affect how we do our business.  Regardless, every one of these anti-worker bills will hurt us and undermine completely any ability of unions to do our business representing you.

I know the last several years have been tough and we’ve taken a lot of hits.  We have and are fighting in every forum we can — at the bargaining table, the legislature and the courts.  Many members have stepped up and joined the fight.  We need you to do that now – immediately — pronto.  The legislature is returning next week in a lame duck session and our friends and the media have told us the majority party is determined to go after the unions once and for all!  Time is of the essence.

We are working with the AFL and coalitions to try to stop all this.  Please follow the link below to send a message to both the Senate and the House.  But we need more than that — please call your own state representative and state senator (leave a message if legislator or staff are not there) and ask them to vote no on any Right to Work legislation.  Be polite but direct and leave your name and address because they really only pay attention to their own constituents.  Remind them as well of the very dangerous job you do every day protecting the public.

This matter is urgent.  Unfortunately, some of our own members will contact their legislator and tell them to do it to us.  Please put the emotion aside and think about how bad things can really get if we don’t have a voice at the table.

Send a message now! before the legislature returns to Lansing on November 27.  There is no time to lose.  Speak up immediately and stay vigilant in case further action is needed.  Thank you and keep up the good work you do every day.

Mel Grieshaber/MCO Executive Director

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Dennis Straub class graduates

Nearly 200 officers graduated from the Dennis Straub Recruit Class last week and are now working at prisons throughout the state.

Family and friends of recruits packed the graduation ceremony held Friday at a Lansing hotel. Straub, Department of Corrections administrators, and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder attended the ceremony.

Snyder told recruits the goal of government is customer service. Corrections officers must serve Michigan citizens and inmates, Snyder said.

Snyder, whose brother-in-law was a corrections officer, thanked the recruits for working with prisoners to help them succeed.

Straub also spoke. Straub is a former MDOC executive director and prison warden who got his start in corrections as a counselor. He got a chuckle from the crowd when he said after stressful days he would tell his kids to “lock up.”

For more photos, visit MCO on Flickr.


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Executive Board appeals

The State Executive Board will hear grievance appeals.

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Election results a mixed bag

It’s the day after election day, and there’s good news and bad news. Most notably, the proposal to protect collective bargaining did not pass.

Here are results of some key races and questions on the Nov. 6 ballot.

MCO-endorsed candidates and recommended positions are in bold.

* = elected

How the U.S. voted for President:

* Barack Obama (D) 59,575,617 votes 303 Electoral votes
Mitt Romney (R) 59,948,876 206 Electoral votes

How Michigan voted for President:

* Barack Obama (D) 2,394,089 53.6% 16
Mitt Romney (R) 2,033,206 45.5%

How Michigan voted for Senator:

* Debbie Stabenow (D) (Incumbent) 2,532,277 58%
Pete Hoekstra (R) 1,685,166 39%

How Michigan voted for Supreme Court (general):

* Bridget McCormack 1,432,073 23%
* Stephen Markman (incumbent) 1,429,787 23%
Colleen O’Brien 1,324,118 22%
Connie Kelley 1,307,865 21%
Kerry Morgan 250,440 4%
Doug Dern 209,967 3%
Bob Roddis 173,382 3%

How Michigan voted for Supreme Court (partial):

* Brian Zahra 1,671,913 50%
Shelia Johnson 1,367,059 41%
Mindy Barry 293,965 9%

Here’s how Michigan voted on the state ballot proposals:

Proposal 1: Referendum on the Emergency Financial Manager Law:

Yes 2,032,876 48%
* No 2,239,006 52%

Proposal 2: Protect Working Families (Collective Bargaining):

Yes 1,813,732 42%
* No 2,523,065 58%

Proposal 3: 24% Renewable Energy Sources by 2013:

Yes 1,607,695 37%
* No 2,741,775 63%

Proposal 4: Keep Home  Health Care a Safe Choice:

Yes 2,032,876 48%
* No 2,239,006 52%

Proposal 5: Proposal to amend the state Constitution to require a supermajority for tax changes:

Yes 1,335,411 31%
* No 2,943,536 69%

Proposal 6: The Bridge Debate:

Yes 1,743,120 40%
* No 2,570,148 60%

Here’s results from two other races mentioned in the MCO Report:

State House District 65:

Bonnie Johnson (D) (retired MCO member) 17,381 43%
* Mike Shirkey (R) (incumbent) 22,862 57%

Montcalm Township Supervisor:

Ron Trachet (R) (MCO member) 560 43%
* Michael Adams (I) (Incumbent) 732 56%

Please note, as more election results trickle in throughout the day, these numbers could slightly change.

Click here for full Michigan state House election results.

Sources: The New York Times, The Detroit Free Press, Greenville Daily News.

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We need you to Get Out The Vote!

This weekend marks the final push of the 2012 Election Cycle and MCO is looking for volunteers to take part in a statewide Get Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign.

Shift times are available Nov. 3 through Nov. 6 and typically run three hours with duties like working a phone bank, canvassing a neighborhood or greeting people at the polls on election day. Shifts start at:

SATURDAY: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM

SUNDAY: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM

MONDAY: 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM

TUESDAY: 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM

No matter what your political views, this year’s election is extremely important because voters will weigh in on six ballot proposals which will undoubtedly shape our state’s future (especially Proposal 2). Please see below for a full list of GOTV offices and their contact information, or contact Jeremy Tripp at with the shift time you wish to fill and the location.

Every shift counts and please let us know about your participation so MCO members can be recognized for their efforts.

Detroit HQ

2727 Second Avenue, Suite 200

Detroit, MI

(313) 330-9498



20225 Livernois Avenue

Detroit, MI



2810 W. Vernor Highway

Detroit, MI


Grosse Pointe Park

14929-14931 Charlevoix

Grosse Pointe Park, MI


Sterling Heights

Michigan Education Association

13969 Plumbrook Rd.

Sterling Heights, MI 48312

William Wilson: 586.557.9537


Sterling Heights

37378 Van Dyke Avenue

Sterling Heights, MI

William Wilson: 586.557.9537



8322 E 12 Mile

Warren, MI

William Wilson: 586.557.9537



4 North Saginaw

Pontiac, MI

Joe Caporale: 248.705.4505


Royal Oak

811 N. Main Street

Royal Oak, MI

Joe Caporale: 248.705.4505


Lathrup Village

Michigan Education Association

17500 W. 11 Mile Rd

Lathrup Village, MI 48076

Joe Caporale: 248.705.4505



29207 Southfield Road

Southfield, MI

Joe Caporale: 248.705.4505


Ann Arbor

455 E. Eisenhower Pkwy, Suite 65

Ann Arbor, MI

Micheal Davis: 734.707.9069



Dearborn Federation of Teachers

15250 Mercantile Drive

Dearborn, MI

Peter Van Kuiken: 313.389.6797



13742 Michigan Avenue

Dearborn, MI

Peter Van Kuiken: 313.389.6797


Ann Arbor

325 Braun Court

Ann Arbor, MI

Micheal Davis: 734.707.9069



18708 Telegraph Rd.

Brownstown, MI

Peter Van Kuiken: 313.389.6797



61 N. Huron

Ypsilanti, MI

Micheal Davis: 734.707.9069



3509 Biddle Avenue

Wyandotte, MI

Peter Van Kuiken: 313.389.6797



4400 S. Saginaw, Suite 1370

Flint, MI

Marcie Hemgesberg – 810.877.8753



122 North Michigan Avenue

Saginaw, MI

Marcie Hemgesberg – 810.877.8753


Grand Rapids

345 Fuller Avenue, NE, Suite 1

Grand Rapids, MI

Hank Wisner: 616.430.0616



2722 E. Michigan Avenue, Ste. 103

Lansing, MI

Erin Butler: 517.588.9630



IBEW Local 131

3641 E. Cork St.

Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Trevor Belger: 269.216.4710



IBEW Local 131

3641 E. Cork St.

Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Trevor Belger: 269.216.4710



490 W. Western Ave

Muskegon, MI

Hank Wisner: 616.430.0616


Mt. Pleasant

122 North Kinney Street

Mt. Pleasant, MI

Jim Moreno: 989.444.8015



500 W. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1

Jackson, MI

Erin Butler: 517.703.6787


Battle Creek

596 W. Columbia

Battle Creek, MI

Trevor Belger: 269.216.4710


Benton Harbor

209 E. Main Street

Benton Harbor, MI

Trevor Belger: 269.216.4710


Mt. Pleasant

122 North Kinney Street

Mt. Pleasant, MI

Jim Moreno: 989.444.8015


Marquette, MI

Carpenters Hall 1221 Division St.

Dorthy and Jim Johnson: 906.322.0422

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