COVID-19 information from MCO

Below are updates from MCO concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, going back to March 31. For more information and the latest updates, dues-paying members may join our Facebook group. For the latest count of how many MDOC staff and inmates have been diagnosed with COVID-19, visit this post from the MDOC. Thank you, Corrections Officers and […]

MCO members approve proposed contract

The 2022-2024 collective bargaining agreement has been ratified. The contract was approved by a vote of 1,458 to 1,270, with 58% of eligible members voting. The Tentative Agreement calls for a three year contract that includes a 7% pay raise over the first two years of the contract, a $3,250 retention incentive, guaranteed overtime pay […]

2021 Crisis Fund Raffle Winners

The 2021 MCO Crisis Fund Gun Raffle was held Oct. 20. Listed below is the information provided on the winning tickets. The winners are: 1st: David White, SLF 2nd: Ressie Stranaly, URF 3rd: Jacob Pfeiffer, IBC 4th: Brad Maki, LMF 5th: Michelle Gradisher, ICF 6th: Greg Stoddard, MTU 7th: Bruce Velmer, MBP 8th: Lonnie Pohl, […]

MCO reaches tentative contract agreement highlighted by wage increases, benefit enhancements and two retention incentive programs that only apply to MCO members

UPDATE 10/14/21: In our previous communications this week, we said eligible members should expect an invitation to vote on the contract by Oct. 15. Due to technical issues, invitations to vote will be emailed Saturday, Oct. 16. Members will still have plenty of time to vote. Thank you. UPDATE 10/13/21: The Collective Bargaining Review is […]

Applications being accepted now for the Closer to Home Transfer List

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 DeMarse’s murder was 48 years ago today

Marquette Branch Prison Officer Earl DeMarse died 48 years ago today, on Sept. 25, 1973. DeMarse, a 26-year officer, was attacked in the auditorium. Fifteen minutes into his shift, he came to Central Control bleeding profusely from multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. His death brought many safety concerns […]

2021 Crisis Fund Raffle Tickets on sale now

Interested in buying tickets for this year’s Crisis Fund Gun Raffle? MCO chapter leaders have raffle tickets for sale now! Prizes are: 1st Prize: $1,000 cash 2nd Prize: Centerpoint By Ten Point Crossbow CP400 w/illuminated scope (Camo) 3rd Prize: AR/Smith and Wesson M&P15 SPORT II (5.56) 4th Prize: Ruger Bolt Action (6.5 Creedmoor) w/Vortex Crossfire […]

You’re invited: Free Pheasant Run Sept. 24-27

MCO members are welcome to join the 16th annual Military Veteran, Law Enforcement, and First Responders FREE Pheasant Hunt. It will be Sept. 24-27 at Tails-A-Waggin’ Acres in Marion, MI. More details are in this flyer. To sign up, contact email Chuck Connell or call 231-743-6483. The MCO Military Members Committee is an event sponsor. […]

Get free help from a Worker’s Comp Attorney

MCO is still working with an outside law firm to assist members with COVID-19-related workers compensation claims. Please contact The Law Offices of Charters, Tyler, Zack & Shearer, P. C. at (248) 321-4474. Advise them that you are a state corrections officer and contracted the virus. They will screen your case to determine if you […]

We’re Hiring: Apply Now for Member Support Specialist

Michigan Corrections Organization/SEIU Local 526M is seeking a Labor Union Member Support Specialist.  This position was created to develop and implement an innovative field program to improve membership engagement and assist with member benefits.  While the applicant will primarily be working out of the Lansing office, there will be occasional travel throughout the state meeting […]

Apply for the Seniority-Based Transfer List now

May is the window period to apply for the Seniority-Based Transfer List, which is open to employees who meet the conditions as laid out in DOM 2019-33, starting on page 5. The window period to apply is May 1 – May 31 for transfers between July 1 and Dec. 31. Contact your personnel office to […]