2019-2021 contract online now – read it here

MCO bargaining unit members are now under a new contract, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Read the 2019-2021 contract here. Remember, this contract only includes one year of wages and benefits. We will be back at the table this summer to negotiate those items. The parties noted areas where changes to Michigan Civil Service Commission rules resulted in […]

ARU Investigator Stephen Cooklin named 2019 MDOC Officer of the Year

Stephen Cooklin, an Absconder Recovery Unit investigator based in Macomb County, has been named the 2019 Corrections Officer of the Year. “I’m so excited to congratulate Stephen Cooklin, who was chosen for this honor due to his strong work ethic, his professionalism and his commitment to keeping the citizens of Michigan safe,” said Michigan Department […]

Apply Now for the MCO Scholarship Program

In addition to the free college program announced earlier this month, MCO is still offering a scholarship for members’ children. MCO will award 20 scholarships of $750 each. Previous MCO scholarship winners are not eligible. Mailed applications must be postmarked by June 1. Print an application now. Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. […]

MCO Central Office Closed

The MCO Central office is closed for the remainder of the day (Jan. 28, 2019) due to inclement weather. The State of Michigan has closed all lower peninsula offices as well. Stay warm, dry, and safe today.

Changes to survivor pension benefits effective April 1

As of April 1, 2019, the calculation for the survivor pension benefit will be changing. This will only affect those active employees in the DB plan that choose a survivor pension benefit payment option. Some of the changes include: cost of living adjustments; updates to the actuary tables (i.e. using a unisex table instead of […]

A Note from the President: Director’s Office Memorandums

The following are updates President Byron Osborn issued regarding the MDOC Director’s Office Memorandums on overtime distribution, annual leave, and seniority lists. 5/18/19: The current Annual Leave DOM does not have specific guidelines on vacation picks after a voluntary shift transfer. Some facilities weren’t giving officers any picks at all, some were giving one block […]

In Memoriam: Jack Budd

Today is the 31st anniversary of Officer Jack Budd’s murder at the former State Prison of Southern Michigan in Jackson. 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. Josephine McCallum was […]

Take the MDOC Wellness Survey Now

Did you see the MDOC’s Staff Wellness Survey? A reminder email explaining and linking to the survey was sent by MDOC to state email addresses Monday. MCO encourages all MDOC staff to take this important assessment. The purpose of this survey is to improve the MDOC’s ability to support employees by learning more about your […]

Watch: Impasse Panel video shows MCO’s advocacy at bargaining

Because the Michigan Civil Service Commission has now settled our contract, we are releasing the video of the Impasse Panel hearing Oct. 31. We realize parts of the video may be hard to hear, so we are also releasing the hearing transcript. Read the transcript here. MCO’s hearing starts where you see the red arrow. We […]