In Memoriam: Officer Jack Budd

Jack Budd was murdered at the former State Prison of Southern Michigan in Jackson 30 years ago today. An inmate, armed with a weapon, came out of a shower area and stabbed Budd. His killer, James Miller, was sentenced to 80-120 years in prison. He is also serving two life sentences. Budd left behind a wife […]

The Value of Sacrifice

Corrections staff work holidays, weekends, and evenings. They routinely miss holidays, special events and moments with their families. In addition to regular shifts, many officers are mandated to work overtime, sometimes more than once a week, due to the staffing crisis. That is why this month’s value in the Move Forward Campaign is sacrifice.

Graded Premium Subsidy Retirement FAQs

We have received several questions from members regarding the subsidized health insurance for certain Defined Contribution plan retirees. Here are the Top 5 questions with answers. If you want to confirm your retirement eligibility, please call Office of Retirement Services (ORS) 800-381-5111 or you can login to your miAccount and you use the Message Board […]

Rest in Peace, President Sowels

UPDATE 12/14/17: Below is an obituary submitted by President Sowels’ family. Kary L.(Butch) Sowels, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 11, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on June 23, 1953 in Pontiac, MI to Orval Alfred and Caroline Eleanor (Burnell) Sowels.  Kary graduated from Chippewa Hills High School in 1971. He attended Oakland County Community […]

Listen: Move Forward on MDOC Field Days podcast

In this Field Days podcast, MCO staff talk about Move Forward, MCO’s campaign to promote corrections and forensic officers and the values and standards that set them apart in the criminal justice system. Listen to the podcast now. Andy Potter, Vice President/Chief of Staff, and Jeremy Tripp, Government and Political Affairs Director, are interviewed. Thanks, […]

Tell legislators your story at upcoming town hall meetings

MCO is hosting legislative town hall meetings in Jackson and Ionia, with more in the works. The Jackson meeting will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at Blackman Township Hall with state Reps. Julie Alexander and Brett Roberts. RSVP for the Jackson town hall. The Ionia meeting will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 18 at […]

Next Generation academy crafts future leaders

Last week, MCO Members gathered in Lansing to build their personal and professional leadership and advocacy know-how. The training and coaching that they will receive is an intense, year-long leadership academy set up to ensure strong union leadership for generations to come. Participants had to be nominated and be accepted to the academy. Last week’s session […]

Incorrect holiday letter mailed to members

Due to a printing company’s error, 2016’s holiday letter was mailed to members by mistake. The correct letter for this year will be mailed to members as soon as possible. The printing company apologizes for this error. Thank you for your patience.