Join MCO!

Are you ready to join or rejoin MCO? We’re glad to have you! Please fill out this  form now.

If you’re still thinking about joining, consider this:

Exclusive Benefits to MCO Members (Snapshot)

  • Participate in Union Bargaining Efforts and Approve Union Contracts.
  • Be Informed About the Internal Governance of MCO and Participate in Union affairs.
  • Political Representation
  • Legislative Monitoring/ Analysis
  • Access to MCO Publications
  • Public Advocacy on Corrections Issues
  • Run or Vote in Chapter Elections
  • Input on Contract Negotiations
  • Vote on Facility Issues
  • MCO Crisis Fund
  • MCO Discounts
  • Scholarship Programs
  • Memorial Bibles
  • Retirement Recognition.
  • Free Accidental Death Insurance through MCO

Legislative Representation

Those elected to the Michigan legislature and the office of the Governor profoundly influence your work environment. Your ultimate boss is not someone sitting in a correctional facility but rather the person who sits in the Governor’s chair.

MCO’s legislative division helps members improve their work conditions and personal lives by protecting the benefits we’ve fought for and supporting candidates for public office who support worker’s rights, pension protection, and the fight against privatization of our jobs.

In essence, the legislative arm of MCO reviews all potential legislation that may have an effect on prisons and the work life of correctional and forensic officers.

Crisis Fund

Being a member of MCO means you are always surrounded by people who understand your needs and the tough job you perform every day. Sometimes, our members fall on hard times and to help in those times, the Crisis Fund was created.

The MCO Crisis Fund is available to members who have experienced a unique life crisis and is intended to provide additional financial support when insurances and other support systems prove inadequate.  From devastating fires to a loved one battling cancer, the crisis fund averages $15,000 in yearly donations.

Retirement Recognition

Being a corrections or forensic officer takes bravery, strength and spirit. We know, because we are corrections and forensic officers ourselves. We also know that sticking with this profession until retirement age is a real achievement. That’s why we recognize retiring members with special pins and a shadow box.

Memorial Bible

Losing a loved one is the most difficult situation any of us face.  MCO understands a member’s grief in such sorrowful times.  To help ease the pain and honor the memory of a loved one, MCO offers a Bible or Quran to each member who loses an immediate family member.


As a member of MCO, your children may apply to two college scholarship programs:

MCO Scholarships – MCO offers 20 scholarships of $750 each to children of MCO members entering into or already in college.

Union Plus Scholarships –Since 1992, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $3.2 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education.

The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation.  Scholarships amounts range from $500 to $4,000.

Concert Tickets & Discounts

Members can now find all MCO discounts and special offers in one location. For resort fliers, concert tickets and many other great deals go to .

* If you have any questions relating to the contract, issues at work or the benefits provided to MCO members, please do not hesitate to call at (517)485-3310.  You can also email us at MCO staff would be more than happy to answer your questions.

Solidarity! And thanks!