Bulletin and meeting notice: Brooks and Muskegon will be in the West Shoreline layoff unit

UPDATE 3/20/18:

57 officers didn’t have the seniority to stay in the layoff unit. They were given layoff notices and expedited recall forms.

48 of those officers were granted transfers. Notices are being issued. 44 of them are going to Ionia-area facilities.

The other 9 officers didn’t apply for expedited recall.

MTF is still on track to close by March 24.

 

UPDATE 3/14/18:

Of the 21 officers who applied to voluntarily leave the layoff unit, 19 were granted transfers.

That left 57 officers who didn’t have the seniority to stay in the layoff unit. They were given layoff notices and expedited recall forms.

Expedited recall forms are due back to personnel by 3 p.m. tomorrow, March 15. Make sure to have personnel time and date stamp your form and keep a copy for your records.

 

UPDATE 3/2/18:

Layoff/bump notices will be distributed to officers in the West Shoreline layoff unit Monday, March 5. The MDOC human resources director will deliver letters to affected MTF staff in person Monday. Affected LRF and MCF staff will get notification from their HR office.

MCO staff will be in Muskegon Monday and Tuesday to meet with members and answer any questions.

They will be at MTF Monday from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the room across the hall from the CO lunchroom and the deputy warden’s office.

Tuesday they will tour MCF from 10 a.m. to noon. Also Tuesday they will be in the LRF conference room near the employee entrance from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 

UPDATE 2/20/18:

Members at West Shoreline (who did not fill out a voluntary transfer form) should receive a preference form from personnel today. The form does not guarantee employment or that you will get your first preference.

Please fill out the form and return it to Human Resources by 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. MAKE SURE personnel puts a date and time stamp on your preference sheet when you turn it in and keep a copy for your records.

MCO President Tom Tylutki will be touring MTF during first shift today to speak with COs.

 

UPDATE 2/7/2018:

On Thursday, Feb. 8, MCO will hold a meeting for members at all three facilities to discuss the closure process. We will answer questions and give everyone a packet explaining your options and the process.

WHERE: Muskegon Correctional Facility Training Room

WHEN: Feb. 8 from 4 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Printable meeting flyer.

 

ORIGINAL POST 2/2/2018:

Brooks and Muskegon correctional facilities will be in the layoff unit for the West Shoreline closure.

MCO and MDOC negotiated the layoff unit this week.

Officers at a facility in the layoff unit will be allowed to voluntarily transfer outside of the layoff unit before the bumping process begins. MDOC personnel will email an MCO Voluntary Transfer Form to all officers in the layoff unit Feb. 6. Forms are due back at personnel by 3 p.m. Feb. 15.

After those members leave the layoff unit, the bumping process will begin. In the bumping process, the three facilities’ seniority lists will be combined, and all FTEs at Brooks and Muskegon will be filled according to seniority. Members who do not have the seniority to be placed at Brooks or Muskegon will be given a layoff slip and an Expedited Recall Form. The Expedited Recall Form gives members rights to return to Brooks or Muskegon as the MDOC fills vacancies at those facilities.

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, MCO will hold meetings for members of all three chapters to discuss the closure process. We will answer questions and give everyone a packet explaining your options and the process.

WHERE: Northway Lanes, 1751 Evanston Ave., Muskegon.

WHEN: Feb. 6 from 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.; 2 p.m.-3 p.m.; 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m.; 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

Printable meeting flyer.

Additional meetings will be scheduled over the next few weeks.

All of this won’t happen overnight – it will take weeks. Your patience is appreciated as we all walk through this process.

MCO leaders know that closures are painful and stressful for the members involved and their families. All Board members are COs. Most Board members have been through closures themselves and have experienced the worries first-hand. Leaders will do everything possible to mitigate the impact as much as possible.

MCO will keep members updated on any developments. Please watch our website, email newsletters, and our members-only Facebook group. You can also sign up for text message alerts by texting MCO to 787753.

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