Advocacy News

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

Attention members: Be on the lookout for Unemployment fraud

MCO has become aware that State officials in the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) are warning Michiganders that scammers are actively filing imposter unemployment claims, utilizing stolen or false information, in order to deceive the State and Federal Government and receive unemployment benefits fraudulently. According to a UIA press release and media reports, no personal […]

Celebrating your dedication and sacrifices during Correctional Officers Week

Update May 11: Like we mentioned last week, the governor put all proclamations on hold during this time of emergency. However, because we are essential staff who are working hard to keep others safe, the governor made a special exception and issued a proclamation for Correctional Officers Week. For the past four decades, MCO has […]

Governor appoints Cary Johnson to represent COs on Suicide Prevention Commission

MCO Recording Secretary Cary Johnson has been appointed to the governor’s Suicide Prevention Commission. Johnson, of JCF, will represent corrections officers on the commission. Johnson has led MCO’s efforts to raise awareness of PTSD and suicide among corrections staff and find solutions. She is one of 16 appointees to the commission by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. […]

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 […]

Important COVID-19 survey for corrections staff

Corrections Officers and Other Front-Line Staff, One Voice wants to hear from you during this unprecedented pandemic. One Voice is a national campaign made up of a broad range of criminal justice stakeholders with the goal of building bridges and advancing a unified approach to the policies, programs and narratives that define criminal justice reform. […]

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 […]

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 […]