MCO members overwhelmingly approve proposed contract

The 2020-2021 collective bargaining agreement has been ratified!

The members of MCO overwhelmingly voted “Yes” to the bargaining team’s Tentative Agreement (TA). The contract for healthcare and wages was approved by a vote of 3,188 to 206. In MCO’s first electronic voting, we had a 63% membership participation which is the largest ever. View the summary of changes.

MCO leaders said this TA gives some recognition for the conditions COs have been working under for years.

“We appreciate that the unique conditions we face, like understaffing and mandates, were considered by the state at the bargaining table,” MCO Executive Director and Chief Negotiator Andy Potter said. “MCO leaders will continue to have conversations with the governor’s office, legislators, MDOC leaders and others about the realities members face on the job. This is only the start.”

MCO President Byron Osborn said the high voter turnout shows the strength of our solidarity and of this TA.

“The MCO bargaining team worked hard to secure a Tentative Agreement on wages and healthcare that was fair and impactful to our entire membership. We felt that the proposed contract met that goal and we are pleased with the ratification results. We will continue to fight for safe and fair working conditions for our members.”

Next the Civil Service Commission (MCSC) must approve the contract. The commission’s next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 11.

To the members who took the time to vote, thank you.

View the PDF version of this bulletin to see how your facility voted.