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In Memoriam: Josephine McCallum and George Haight

This week, we are honoring two Michigan corrections officers who died in the line of duty. Josephine McCallum was murdered on March 24, 1987 at the former State Prison of Southern Michigan in Jackson. Her body was found in a stairwell. She had worked for the MDOC for only 46 days. It was her first […]

Take the 2021 Bargaining Survey Now

MCO and the Office of the State Employer are preparing for contract negotiations which will take place this summer and fall. Like in past years, the MCO Executive Board, which also serves as the bargaining team, wants members’ input before negotiations begin. Please take the MCO bargaining survey now. This user-friendly survey will only take […]

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 […]

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 […]

MCO Scholarship Applications Due April 1

As a member of MCO, your children are eligible for the MCO Scholarship Program. MCO will award 20 scholarships of $750 each. Previous MCO scholarship winners are not eligible. Applications must be mailed, and they must be postmarked by April 1st. Print an application now. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The MCO scholarship program […]

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 […]