Advocacy News

Here you will find news and updates related to MCO’s advocacy efforts at the legislature and with department administration.

Honoring Corrections Officers during CO Week 2021

May 2-8 is Correctional Officers Week! Thank you, officers, for keeping prisons and communities safe and secure. As front line staff behind the walls, officers put their personal safety on the line for public safety. We truly believe corrections officers work Michigan’s toughest job. MCO has obtained a proclamation from the governor recognizing Correctional Officers […]

Uplifting our First Responders and Frontline Workers: Webinar & discussion about COVID-related distress

Facing the constant risk of contracting COVID-19 on the job is not easy. It can create anxiety, depression, and symptoms of emotional distress that you may never have experienced before. Would you like to learn how to manage these feelings and regain hope? Join the Michigan Stay Well grant team for “Uplifting our First Responders […]

A look back at our advocacy this year and our priorities for 2021

MCO Members, As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, it continues to create extremely hazardous and stressful working conditions inside of all of the state prisons and the state forensic psychiatry hospital. As we all know, the pandemic conditions have been made even worse by the extremely high number of vacancies in our ranks. Simply put, […]

DRC Closure Meetings this Thursday

Members at DRC and DDC are encouraged to join MCO leaders to discuss the closure. We will answer questions and give everyone a packet explaining your options and the closure process. These meetings are come-and-go; you don’t need to stay for the entire time. DRC members who are temporarily reassigned to JCF, MRF, ARF, and […]

2021 MDOC Budget Update

Last week, the governor signed off on a FY 2020-2021 corrections budget that totals approximately $2.06 billion. This includes $13.9 million for training new custody staff.  This budget contains boilerplate language directing the MDOC to recruit and train an additional 700 corrections officers. Unfortunately, one of the outcomes of the budget will be the closure of […]

Parental Leave LOU

MCO and the state have signed a Letter of Understanding that allows new parents up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave, without having to use their sick or annual leave. The LOU also covers some adoptions. The LOU doesn’t apply to anyone on maternity or paternity leave before Oct. 1, 2020. This is a […]