Membership News

Updated 2019-2021 MCO contract available now

Updated 2019-2021 MCO contract. The documents found here represent the language secured during the negotiations between MCO and Office of the State Employer for the bargaining period of 2019-20. Please recall that the current contract (January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2021) was negotiated in two phases. First, in latter months of 2018 negotiations took […]

Rest in Peace, Officer McCallum and Gatekeeper Haight

In the last week of March, MCO honors two Michigan corrections officers who have died in the line of duty. George Haight, a gatekeeper, was poisoned by an inmate March 27, 1893 at the Michigan State Penitentiary in Jackson. Haight ate tainted food prepared by inmate Robert Irving Latimer. Latimer served Haight, the captain, 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. […]

2019 Crisis Fund Raffle Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 MCO Crisis Fund Gun Raffle! Listed below is the information provided on the winning tickets. The winners are: 1st: Jim McHenry 2nd: Lowe, WHV 3rd: Kandace Sweet, MRF 4th: Johnny Hill, MRF 5th: Maggie Veeheman 6th: Wesley Swanson, MBP 7th: Lisa Howard, CFP 8th: Trevino, JCF 9th: Shane […]

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 […]

Apply for the Closer to Home Transfer List Now

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 Earl DeMarse

Today is the anniversary of the death of Officer Earl DeMarse. Officer DeMarse was stabbed to death by a prisoner at Marquette Branch Prison. Earl DeMarse was a veteran Officer who served the Michigan Department of Corrections for 26 years and was stabbed 15 minutes into his shift. The photo below is of his family […]

Crisis Fund Raffle tickets available now

Interested in buying tickets for this year’s Crisis Fund Gun Raffle? MCO chapter leaders should have raffle tickets for sale now. Prizes are: $1,000 cash Darton Toxin 100 Crossbow with hunter package Bushmaster 450 with scope Samsung 50” RU7100 Smart 4k UHD TV Ruger AR 556 223 cal 783 Remington camo combo 7mm mag Thompson […]