Membership News

Officer Vikas Vij honored as 2021 MDOC Officer of the Year

Vikas Vij, a corrections officer at Thumb Correctional Facility in Lapeer, has been named the 2021 Michigan Department of Corrections Officer of the Year. Officer Vij is known for his positivity and his interpersonal skills. In his nine years with MDOC, he has worked at three facilities and as a Field Training Officer at the […]

Michigan’s COVID-19 hotline now offering free, confidential, 24/7 emotional support counseling

Confidential emotional support counseling is now available at no cost to people who call the state’s COVID-19 hotline (1-888-535-6136). The service is part of a federally funded grant program implemented by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration (BHDDA) in partnership with the Michigan State Police. Callers […]

Convalescent plasma questions answered

As of Jan. 28, there have been 3,441 COVID-19 cases among MDOC staff. Many officers have inquired about how they can donate convalescent plasma in hopes of helping those with severe cases. Convalescent plasma has antibodies that help the patient by giving their immune system a boost to fight the virus. If you have tested […]

2021 Closer to Home List

The 2021 closer to home transfer list has been finalized. View the list here. There is no set time for when those on the list will be transferred. It depends on when wardens decide to fill vacancies. There are times there are carryovers from previous years because the employee(s) never transferred. Contact Stephanie Short at […]

Gun Tower Coffee supports Michigan corrections officers

Have you tried Gun Tower Coffee? A retired Michigan corrections officer started this new coffee company with COs in mind. Plus, 10% of net profits go to groups that support COs, like the MCO Crisis Fund! The retiree got the idea from his son, who is a firefighter. Firefighters drink a special brand of coffee […]

Cooper Street officer opens up about how he survived COVID-19

A Cooper Street officer made a miraculous recovery from COVID-19 last month. “I was OK, then it got worse. Next thing I remember, I woke up in the hospital and the ventilator was coming off,” Jermaine Ross said. Less than two months ago, Ross was a 40-year-old father of two who loved to run and […]

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, […]