BULLETIN: MCO reaches bargaining agreement that includes raises, pre-shift, and healthcare enhancements

UPDATE 10/12/19: An invitation to vote was emailed today to the .gov email addresses of eligible voters. If you did not receive it, please check your junk or spam folder. Then contact us and we will verify your eligibility to vote. Read the bargaining summary here. ORIGINAL POST 10/11/19: MCO has been successful in negotiating […]

2019-2020 MDOC budget update

On Sept. 30, Governor Whitmer signed all 16 state budgets for fiscal year 2020.  Governor Whitmer used her executive powers to issue line-item vetoes of 147 budget items totaling $947 million, deeming dozens of other provisions in the budget unenforceable. The governor issued a press release outlining her disappointment in the budgets she received from the […]

Apply for the Closer to Home Transfer List Now

October 1st through the 31st is the Closer to Home Transfer application window period. Please refer to this DOM, specifically B. that states in part: “Closer-to-Home Transfer: this category of transfer will be awarded after seniority transfers, but before all other transfer requests. Up to 40 transfers per calendar year will be approved for employees […]

Officer Earl DeMarse

Today is the anniversary of the death of Officer Earl DeMarse. Officer DeMarse was stabbed to death by a prisoner at Marquette Branch Prison. Earl DeMarse was a veteran Officer who served the Michigan Department of Corrections for 26 years and was stabbed 15 minutes into his shift. The photo below is of his family […]

Crisis Fund Raffle tickets available now

Interested in buying tickets for this year’s Crisis Fund Gun Raffle? MCO chapter leaders should have raffle tickets for sale now. Prizes are: $1,000 cash Darton Toxin 100 Crossbow with hunter package Bushmaster 450 with scope Samsung 50” RU7100 Smart 4k UHD TV Ruger AR 556 223 cal 783 Remington camo combo 7mm mag Thompson […]

MCO Announces 2019 Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to all 2019 MCO scholarship recipients! Every summer, MCO awards scholarships of $750 each to children of members who will be attending college in the fall. The winners this year are: Lezama A. Conran A. Holman B. Cabello Maldonado C. Griffin C. Larson J. Blair J. Handy K. Schmus K. Datema N. Sells R. […]

Now Hiring: MCO Member Engagement Associate

Michigan Corrections Organization/SEIU Local 526M is seeking a Member Engagement Associate.  This position was created to develop and implement an innovative field program to improve membership engagement and assist with member benefits.  Candidate must have the capacity to learn health care benefits information as well as develop and maintain member discount programs. Must also be […]

“This job changes someone.” NBC News covers corrections staff stress in series about prisons

Watch this powerful interview with Cary Johnson about the stress corrections staff face. It’s part of a larger look this week by NBC News at our country’s criminal justice system. Tune in to NBC Nightly News, Today, and Dateline this week for more stories. A few years ago, a national news network would have overlooked […]

New Director of Government and Political Affairs joins MCO staff

Please join us in welcoming MCO’s new Director of Government and Political Affairs, Jonovan Luckey. Jonovan joins us after working as the Political Field Director for Metro Detroit AFL-CIO. He also worked for the Michigan House of Representatives, SEIU Local 1, and a senate campaign. He holds B.A. degrees in Social Policy and Relations and […]