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MCOReport Inside this issue

Endorsements decoded


MCO’s new approach to legislation means wins


‘Scariest day of my life:’ KCF riot


KCF cookout photos


Revolutionizing member outreach


MCO Central Conference 10 Ionia Rotary honors COs


Crisis Fund Golf Outing


Summer fair fun


Children’s Day Picnic


Military members volunteer


Bargaining: TA puts money in members’ pockets 15 Scholarship Winners


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! S E T O V Election 2016 Tuesday, Nov. 8

MCO endorses candidates for Nov. 8 election

By Jeremy Tripp MCO Governmental and Political Affairs Director MCO is proud to endorse candidates for public office who have proven their understanding of corrections issues and the dangers front-line staff face. Below are a few of the union’s key endorsements. A full list of MCO and SEIU State Council endorsements is available at Ben Frederick (Republican, House District 85) For the past 13 years, Ben Frederick has served as a legislative staff member in both the Michigan House and Senate, and has been Mayor of Owosso for the past six years. Frederick was MCO’s main point of contact as we worked to successfully pass the MCO gun bill. When it comes to corrections, Frederick opposes the privatization of prisons and participated in a R Cast an informed vote member driven candidate screening in which he MCO has also endorsed was asked tough questions about privatization, candidates for the U.S. public safety, and corrections reform. Based on Congress, the Michigan his screening answers, Ben received unanimous Supreme Court, and other approval from a panel of local MCO members. races. A complete list of They were impressed with the knowledge and endorsements is online at skills he will bring to the position. Frederick is active in numerous organizaRead about our tions, including Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for endorsement process on pg. 3. A See endorsements on pg. 2 A

Endorsements continued A Humanity, Welcome Home Veterans, Inc., the Friends of the Shiawassee River, and the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce. Henry Yanez (Democrat, House District 25) Rep. Henry Yanez was elected to his first term in the Michigan House of Representatives for District 25 in 2012, and was re-elected to his second term in 2014. Mr. Yanez serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections and has a long history of supporting corrections and other law enforcement. He has requested a legislative hearing on the KCF riot. Before serving in the legislature, Yanez worked as a Sterling Heights firefighter and paramedic and is a member of the International Associa-

tion of Firefighters, Local 1557.

dorsement panel.

Tom Barrett, (Republican, House District 71) Rep. Tom Barrett is currently serving his first term in the Michigan House of Representatives and is Chairman of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. His district includes west Lansing, Grand Ledge, and Potterville. Tom is the only post 9/11 veteran serving in the State House, and has served in the military for the past 16 years. He is a Chief Warrant Officer and a part-time helicopter pilot. Interestingly, he served in a corrections role at Guantanamo Bay, giving him a taste of what MCO members experience. Mr. Barrett received unanimous support of an MCO member-led en-

Bonnie Johnson (Democrat, House District 65) Bonnie Johnson is a candidate for the 65th House District, which is parts of Jackson. Johnson was a corrections officer at the former Jackson Central Facility. She served as an MCO chapter official and MCO Executive Board member for several years. She opposes private prisons and knows the dangers of Michigan’s toughest job. If elected, she will fight for worker rights and the safety and security of MCO members.

Read all MCO endorsements online at See you at the polls Nov. 8!

MCO’s decisive legislative strategy leads to big wins for members Over the past few years, MCO’s Department of Government Affairs has helped change the narrative when it comes to recognizing correctional officers and forensic security aides as an integral part of law enforcement. “Out of sight out of mind is no longer the norm,” said Jeremy Tripp, MCO’s Director of Government and Political Affairs. “MCO and corrections officers have legislators’ ear. In fact, they are starting to come to us for input because they know we are credible and give insight they won’t get anywhere else.” The shift is not by mistake. Tripp cites a bold strategy to engage legislators, push MCO issues, and find common ground. In doing so, we have established our union as a resource, not just a roadblock. Tripp 2 MCO Report Fall 2016

believes that MCO’s restructuring and commitment to build member strength has put the union in a unique position and allowed doors to open in unlikely places. As a result, legislative victories are becoming more and more frequent. In November of 2015, Tripp worked with Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate to pass HB 4159 and SB 516, which allow trained state COs and CO retirees to carry concealed weapons in no-carry zones. Last month, after 18 months of debate, MCO was included in and helped pass SB 218, a law that extends health benefits to the spouses and children of corrections officers and other law enforcement personnel killed in the line of duty. “Since 1968, the safety and security of its members has guided

MCO in nearly every arena. From politics to policy, these principles have shaped how we think, what we fight for, and how we approach corrections work as a whole. MCO should feel proud of these victories and hold them out as a sign that officers are not forgotten and, if we work together, we can have a positive impact,” Tripp said. In addition to legislation, Tripp and MCO Legal Director Jeff Foldie have created a coalition of law enforcement agencies to tackle inconsistencies with prosecuting staff dress outs and sexual deviant behavior in the prisons. The Officer Dignity Initiative coalition includes Michigan Corrections Organization, Michigan State Police, Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Unpacking MCO’s member-driven political endorsement process ment, we will review the candidate By Jeremy Tripp information MCO Governmental and Political Affairs Director Every election cycle, dozens of candidates from both major parties ask MCO for an endorseand ment. But put them endorsements through a aren’t just handcombination of ed out. MCO has the following steps: a rigorous application Step 1: Engage in an initial disand screening process that involves cussion with MCO’s Political Departasking policy questions that have a direct effect on the membership. We ment. Step 2: Fill out a questionnaire don’t take it lightly. with specifics on their campaign and To streamline the process, we issues relevant to MCO. utilize the Michigan State Council, Step 3: Participate in a member which is set up to lend support to MCO and other SEIU locals in Mich- driven screening process. The exhaustive questionnaire igan. It also helps candidates maxiis three pages long and demands mize their exposure, as a request to one SEIU local is as good as a request thoughtful answers. Questions include: to all. • How much do you expect Through the Michigan State your campaign to cost? Council structure, all Michigan locals • How much money have you (MCO, SEIU-Local 517M, SEIU-Local raised? 1 and SEIU Healthcare Michigan) • How collaborate on advancing a podo you plan litical and public policy agenda MCO members must elect to fund the that affirms the dignity and lawmakers who listen to and rest of your worth of workers, improves appreciate front-line staff, budget? the lives of all members and • Do SRF Officer Steve Cartensen creates a more just society for all to succeed. said, and meeting a candi- you support private Through the joint endate face-to-face is import- prisons and/ dorsement process, we put ant to understanding their or outsourcthese ideals into practice motives and intent. ing services asking questions that reflect within the major issues specific to each corrections local’s membership. system? This would include any and In the event that a candidate fails to garner unanimous support at all proposals that would degrade the safety and security of correctional the State Council, no endorsement will be given which allows individual officers. • What role do you think corlocals the opportunity to endorse or rections plays in the criminal justice not endorse as they see fit. If MCO system and how do you think that still feels strongly about endorse-

should be represented in criminal justice reform? • If elected, what are the top three (3) items you expect to accomplish at the completion of your first term? If the candidate provides satisfactory answers, they may be asked to participate in a member-led screening. If the candidate is seeking office in a district with a large number of MCO members, Jeremy Tripp, Director of Government and Political Affairs, may work with the Executive Board and chapter leaders to assemble the member interview team. This allows members themselves to hear directly from the candidates and have a voice in union endorsements. MCO members who interviewed candidates this year say they spoke candidly and truly listened to officers’ concerns. SRF Officer Steve Carstensen was one of the members who met with Ben Frederick, Republican candidate for the 85th District House seat (which includes Perry, Laingsburg, Owosso, and areas north of there). “Ben sounded like he wanted to be on the team with us and change some things,” Carstensen said. “He seemed like a straight shooter and more interested in what was right instead of what was right for him.” MCO members must elect lawmakers who listen to and appreciate front-line staff, Cartensen said, and meeting a candidate face-to-face is important to understanding their motives and intent. Frederick won MCO’s endorsement. JCF Member Chris Knapp was one of the members who met Phil Tripp, who ran in the Republican primary for the 64th District House

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‘Scariest day of my life:’ MCO tells the stories of members who experienced the pandemonium of the Sept. 10. Kinross riot The Kinross riot was a jarring experience that officers will remember as one of the most chilling days of their career. By now, you have undoubtedly heard how order unraveled inside the prison Saturday, Sept. 10. About 500 inmates marched on the yard. They refused to comply with orders to return to their housing units, and the siren was blown. For hours, they marched and refused to return to the units. Eventually they gathered near the entrance of the administration building and presented the facility administration with a list of 12 demands, which included better food and pay. After they eventually went back to their units, block reps met with the facility administration. During this time, all COs were pulled from housing units, except for two left in each of the eight units. The remaining 16 were told to grab the log book and count sheet and head for the control center when a call came over the radio. These 16 had a huge task – act natural and wait for the call. The code was finally called about an hour and a half later. As the 16 staff ran out, ERT members ran in. Some of the inmates’ actions went from unruly and threatening to outright violent. They barricaded themselves inside their units, set fires, destroyed sinks and bathroom fixtures. They broke many windows and threw a dryer out a window. They broke into offices and stole and destroyed documents. G unit was closed for several days while it was repaired. ERT and squads put all inmates in flex cuffs. About 150 of them were transferred on buses that day, and 4 MCO Report Fall 2016

about 100 more rode out over the next several days. ERT was posted inside for almost a week to keep the peace. In the weeks after the riot, MCO leaders and staff have been setting the record straight about what happened at Kinross. But we started out cautiously. We recognized that the May 1981 riots spread like wildfire due to media coverage. “We knew we had to put our members’ stories out there. We owe it to our members, who lived through this dangerous situation, to share the story of what they lived through,” MCO Vice President/Chief of Staff Andy Potter said. “But, what was more important than immediately telling the story was keeping our members around the state safe. We weren’t going to do anything to inflame this situation, especially while the facility was so unstable that armed ERT members were still inside. As much as we wanted to give the media the real story, our members’ safety was our top priority.” The day after the riot, we made limited media comments that started to portray what really happened. Next, we sent internal communications to our members. The first was an email to chapter presidents Sept. 12 to inform them of what happened. The next day, we posted a message in our Facebook group and sent an email to all members’ home email addresses. We continued to update our Facebook group as we met with legislators, the corrections ombudsman, and the governor’s office. MCO staff passed along accounts of what happened from officers, and made it clear that the MDOC was not forthcoming in their characteriza-

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MCO staff and leaders recorded almost five hours of first-person accounts from members who responded to the riot. These stories paint a detailed picture of the stress staff felt that day. Thank you to everyone who opened up and shared an account. We know it wasn’t an easy thing to relive. These interviews will be kept in our union records so future generations of leaders, staff, and members will understand the Sept. 10, 2016 riot. Below are excerpts from their interviews. On the chaos “5:30 comes around, and me and my partner are getting really nervous. Because the inmates were hollering ... just total disregard to our commands. [I thought] ‘Oh my God, I hope they say [the code to report to] control. About five or ten minutes later, they finally did. We just sped walked up to control, and that was the best feeling getting through that door.” - Housing Unit officer

“We actually passed the unit officers on the walk, they were running out and we were running in...[Inmates] were yelling threats out the window... I had a couple inmates step out the front door and throw some stuff.” - Gun squad member “It was clear, very clear, once these individuals got to the yard and somewhat formed, that this wasn’t a peaceful protest anymore. Shanks were visible sticking out of pockets. My partner and I witnessed from 30 feet away through the glass window, an inmate take his — it was at least a foot long — shank out of his pocket...This [inmate] grabbed a watermelon [from the garden], walked it up to the black top, and took out his shank, cut the watermelon in half and started devouring it. That’s when



tion of the uprising. At every turn, we were asking for more dialogue on officers’ concerns and offering solutions to prevent COs from having to experience anything like the Kinross riot again. Days after the riot, MCO President Tom Tylutki met with Paul Egan of the Detroit Free Press for about an hour. An indepth story was published the following day. The MCO communications department arranged several more interviews. It was clear that the media and the public wanted to know the whole story. The communications department also placed newspaper ads around the state to publicly show our appreciation for all MDOC staff and other responding staff. At least 10 agencies came to the aid of MDOC staff during the

riot, and we are grateful for their help in keeping officers and inmates unharmed. Five days after the riot, MCO President Tom Tylutki, Vice President/Chief of Staff Andy Potter, and MCO Member Engagement Associate Jim McHenry toured KCF and met with members. MCO leaders and staff have returned several times to talk to members outside of work. Several officers have sat down for interviews with the union, describing in detail what they saw, heard, and felt the day of the riot. “I felt honored, knowing that officers trust MCO enough to open up with us in this way,” Potter said. “Their stories were eye-opening. There aren’t many words that can express what some of them were feeling. “As a CO, I went into prisons with a heightened sense of awareness. This is another level. It is so otherworldly what these officers experienced. One member, a veteran who was sent to Somalia after the Battle of Mogadishu, described it as more mentally stressful than a war zone.” For years, union representatives have been sounding the alarm on safety and security issues. We hope that we can finally have some of these long-standing issues resolved in a way that makes MCO placed this members feel ad (or a halfheard, respectpage version) in ed, and shielded several newspafrom harm as pers around the state to recognize much as possithose who worked ble. throughout the riot and to raise awareness of what happened.

Interviews Continued A we knew that we had absolutely zero control. And mind you, at this time, the siren is blowing and blowing and blowing...” - Housing Unit officer “Adrenaline was flowing ... It was very, very intense. We knew we were going in with fully armed squads to take over this prison, we really didn’t know what was going to happen. ” - Escorting officer/assisting ERT On how this happened “You can’t tell an inmate he’s going to serve the rest of his life in a prison, on a hard mattress, on a not-so nice pillow on a metal bunk or a concrete bunk, then feed him poor food and expect he’s going to just take that forever. The classification system – we have inmates in a temporary prison that cannot be locked down, that would not have gotten out of Level IV 15 years ago, 10 years ago even... “It’s overcrowded. We keep closing prisons, but we’ve got seven and eight people in a cube, and cubes that were designed for four people. And restroom facilities that were designed for half as many inmates, kitchen facilities designed to cook for half as many inmates, recreational facilities for half as many inmates. And you’re putting in twice as many inmates, all vying for those limited amount of resources.” - Escorting officer/assisting ERT

“It would just be somewhat common sense I feel to have one less bunk (in every cube)... Those Level IV style inmates should not be in an openbay, open dormitory, without a seg. ” - Housing Unit officer On the stress “Now that I look back at it, I think about what could have happened to me. I don’t think it’s set in yet ... I’m totally different since this, you know, walking in there. I always want to come out the way I came in, and that day really was the scariest ever before since I’ve started working... It’s really changed me, just being in there, and how they don’t appreciate, how they downplayed it... Scariest day of my life. So how could you not be traumatized by it?” - Housing Unit officer Fall 2016 MCO Report 5

Thank you, members! MCO shows appreciation for KCF responders with cookout

Clockwise from top left: CTOs at the cookout; Board members Bill Henderson and Ed Clements with roasted chicken; Member Engagement Associate Jim McHenry serves lunch to a senior as part of the event. Before anyone ate, we served lunch to seniors who were at the township hall; members with KCF Chapter President Carlos Molina (back center); VP/Chief of Staff Andy Potter and Pres. Tom Tylutki talk to members; Board member Byron Osborn with Officer Fountain and Member Engagement Associate Olivia Toretta; Pres. Tylutki and 6 MCO Report Fall 2016 CO Bonnee; CO Laplaunt and CO Ortiz.

Member-driven Continued A seat. Knapp and other members endorsed Phil Tripp, but, unfortunately, he didn’t prevail in the primary. Still, Knapp said participating in the MCO endorsement process was a worthwhile experience, because all members have an obligation to stay politically informed. “I think anybody that has a state job, it’s their responsibility to participate one way or another, whether it’s protesting when they shut down towers, or voting for prounion candidates,” Knapp said. Other info on the union endorsement process:

• MCO does not endorse in every race. Endorsements are considered by weighing a variety of factors. These include but are not limited to membership density, district base, voting record, campaign viability, request for endorsement, and completion of MCO questionnaire and screening process. • Typically, MCO does not get involved in county, township and municipal races unless a special request is made by the local MCO Chapter. • MCO usually does not endorse a candidate for U.S. President.

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MCO supports Flint kids through the Lieutenant Governors’ Children’s Charity Dinner By Olivia Toretta MCO Member Engagement Associate MCO Director of Government and Political Affairs Jeremy Tripp attended the Michigan Lieutenant Governors’ Children’s Charity Dinner, which raised money to help children in Flint. This event, which MCO attended as a sponsor, is a non-partisan gathering to recognize and promote the welfare of Michigan’s children. Tripp attended the event this year as part of MCO’s new strategic partnership building and to help Flint kids. We’re thinking outside the box and looking for new ways to raise the profile of corrections officers state wide. “This dinner was a great opportunity to work across party lines and help the people and children of Flint recover from such a life altering trag-

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edy,” said Tripp. “We have members that were personally affected by the lead poisoning, so we’re looking to help in any way we can.” The goal of the Michigan Lieutenant Governors’ Children’s Charity is to start a tradition involving current and past lieutenant governors in an annual charity dinner. Each year the lieutenant governors will choose which charity will benefit from the dinner. This year, current Lt. Governor Brian Calley along with former Lt. Governor John Cherry, Jr., chose The Community Foundation of Greater Flint’s “Flint Child Health & Development Fund” as the 2016 fundraiser beneficiary. MCO was eager to take part in giving back to the children of Flint. The Flint Child Health & Development Fund’s guest speaker was

Dr. Mona Hanna- Attisha of Hurley Hospital in Flint and Michigan State University. She is the heroic doctor that has been at the forefront of the issue. “If there was ever a time to invest in our children, it is now,” said Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. “Our Flint children deserve every opportunity to be healthy and successful. The creation of this Fund will further ensure that our children are afforded the resources and interventions to overcome this population-wide exposure to lead.” The event was coordinated by Kelleigh’s Cause, a not for profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to raising awareness and research money to help find a cure for Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM Disease).

Did you know the MCO Report accepts story and photo submissions from members? If you wrote a story about or took photos at a special event, email us your stuff and we might publish it! The MCO Report also accepts letters to the editor. Email your work to Communications Director Anita Lloyd at Fall 2016 MCO Report 7

MCO staff working under new model to revolutionize member outreach MCO has been talking about changing the way we interact with members for some time now. Since spring 2015, MCO leaders and staff have launched many new initiatives to better engage members and do everything we can to address your needs, your families, your concerns, and your interests. Many members participated in the state-wide member listening tour; military members committee; PTSD research; and more. As part of these changes, the MCO central office staff has been realigned to better engage and serve members. We are following best practices in our field and moving to a model of specialization. The former Labor Representatives are doing a different kind of work based on their areas of expertise instead of regions. Here’s a description of how their jobs and other staff members’ work has changed. In addition, MCO has hired several new staff members to help us better connect with members. Information about their jobs, along with short bios, is on the following page. Tangee Laza and Karen Mazzolini are now Member Engagement Directors. They are: • Leading teams charged with engaging members around pressing issues and interests, training leaders, and grow ing MCO’s power; • Identifying, recruiting, and developing worksite leaders and volunteers to become involved in union activities; • Building and maintaining special interest committees; • Planning and executing large scale member led activities. Cherelyn Dunlap is now the Member Benefits Director. She is: • Educating members, developing new benefit offers, and resolve issues relating to benefits; • Managing member benefit programs including health and pension programs; • Overseeing member discount programs and search for new opportunities; • Investigating and resolving members’ issues with health care coverage, FMLA, retirement, workers’ comp, etc. Jeff Foldie is now the MCO Legal Director. He is: • Leading a team to handle all contract related issues; • Managing and executing the grievance and arbitration processes; • Managing outside counsel as needed; • Assisting with contract negotiations. Jeremy Tripp is now the Government and Political Affairs Director. He is: • Lobbying and reaching out to lawmakers to build new relationships; • Overseeing endorsements; Staff check in delegates at an MCO • Setting political strategy; Central committee meeting. • Researching policy; • Managing MCO Political Action Committee (PAC) & SEIU Committee on Political Education (COPE). Cindy Kogut is now the Finance and Human Resource Coordinator. She is: • Overseeing certain personnel functions, including new employee orientation, payroll, timesheets, employee records; • Processing expense vouchers; • Maintaining local’s financial accounts and expenses; • Staffing the military members’ committee. Anita Lloyd is now the Communications Director. She is: • Serving as first point of contact for reporters and as spokesperson; • Monitoring trending corrections news and topics; • Setting communications strategy; • Writing, editing, and designing the MCO Report, KYI, In-Depth, and other publications; • Posting and monitoring the website & social media (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube). 8 MCO Report Fall 2016

Lori Iding is now the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff. She is: • Serving as confidential liaison to the Chief of Staff; • Advising the Chief of Staff on personnel and strategy issues; • Handling Administrative Leave. Stephanie Short is now the Grievance Coordinator. She is: • Processing, reporting, and maintaining files on grievances, arbitrations, ULPs, lawsuits, etc.; • Updating and maintaining the arbitration database; • Assisting in reconnecting non-members with MCO. Tara Nichol is now the Member Benefits Associate. Her role includes: • Working with Member Benefits Director in answering member questions about benefits, ! ff including insurances, discounts, workers’ comp, time off, etc.; a t ws e N • Researching members’ issues with insurances, workers’ comp, time off, and other benefits, and helping resolve their issues; • Assisting with development and testing of new member benefits; • Identifying new strategies to market member benefits, recruit new members and retain current members using member benefits.

Tara is originally from the New York City/Long Island and worked as contracts and estate planning attorney. She has experience negotiating vendor contracts for her husband’s old firm and presenting on creating a secure estate plan to her local community.

Jim McHenry is now a Member Engagement Associate. His role includes: Jim retired from Cooper Street in August after • Special interest committees and programs 28 years with the MDOC. He started at Central Com• Chapter fundraisers plex in Jackson and then worked at SAI boot camp • Building member strength before going to JCS. Jim has held several union offices


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Olivia Toretta is now a Member Engagement Associate. Her role includes: • Special interest committees and programs • Chapter fundraisers • Building member strength ff! New sta

Olivia was born and raised in the UP in Vulcan. She graduated from MSU with a degree in political science in 2016. She brings experience from several internships, including ones with a lobbying firm, the Michigan Democratic Party, and a non-profit in the UP.

Shawn Davis is the new Legal Associate. His role includes: • Grievance and arbitration investigations • Legal research • Maintain legal records and reports • Assist in training

Shawn was born in Buffalo, N.Y. He attended Canisius College (B.A. ff! New sta Political Science) and Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D.) He is a former MDOC corrections officer, prosecutor, and defense attorney. Shawn lives in Lansing and has three children Eaghan, Kylie, and Kennedy.

Valarie Mosley is the temporary receptionist. Her role includes: • Address changes • Memorial Bibles • Retirement plaques Additional resources on the staff realignment are available at The world is rapidly changing, and labor unions must change with the times. The MCO Executive Board realizes that in this new Right to Work era, we can’t get by just doing what we’ve always done. We have to take greater steps to be of service to members, and go far beyond the always-important enforcement of the contract. These are the messages the MCO Board heard from all of you loud and clear during the listening tours last year, and union leaders and staff are up to the task. If you are unsure who to contact at any time, you can always email the general mailbox at or call the central office at (517)485-3310. Calls and emails will continue to be directed to the appropriate staffer. These are tough but exciting times for MCO. We look forward to connecting with you Fall 2016 MCO Report 9 personally as we embark on this work to serve and engage members.

MCO Central Conference: Delegates hear about pro-CO strategies on several fronts

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The MCO Central Committee met in Lansing Oct. 20. Central delegates learned how the MCO Staff and Executive Board are thinking strategically to anticipate and prepare for future trends in corrections and labor. This work began last year with the Tomorrow’s Union Today initiatives, which included a member listening campaign; PTSD research and advocacy; military member outreach; and MCO staff realignment. The Board and staff have added more projects to engage and serve members, including the Officer Dignity Initiative, the Fallen Officers’ Memorial, and the Flint water crisis outreach. When the Kinross riot struck, MCO took a non-traditional, measured course of action that built credibility for corrections officers while helping to keep them safe. Our strategy included: • Tracking and mapping issues (built a multi-phase strategy). • Waiting until threat to staff had passed and the facts were solid. • Visiting with officers face-to-face more than once to hear their stories and show our appreciation and solutions going forward. • Messaging that was clear and decisive. • Strategically communicating in the media by reaching out to reporters and From top: MCO Central placing ads that recognized and applauded delegates listen. officers’ heroism in the face of danger. Crisis Fund raffle • Proactively contacting MDOC adwinners are drawn (find ministrators, legislators, the corrections winners list at ombudsman, and the governor’s office VP/Chief of Staff Andy for meetings on possible solutions on the Potter and Pres. Tom cause of the riot. Tylutki. • Communicating with members Delegates prepare for throughout (Facebook, email). the meeting to start. As crises arise in the future, members can trust the MCO leadership and staff to have a strategy in place. Next, we’ll be focusing on a mentorship program to identify and train future union leaders. We’re also working on opening up a nation-wide conversation about respecting and valuing corrections officers. Central delegates also heard about recent legislation, arbitrations, and bargaining.

Ionia Rotary honors corrections officers, donates to the Crisis Fund The Rotary Club of Ionia recognized the officers of the year from the Ionia facilities at a special event Oct. 19. They took their advocacy a step further by holding a silent auction at the event to benefit the MCO Crisis Fund. The auction raised hundreds of dollars

that will be used to support members facing a catastrophe. Corrections officers deserve respect and appreciation for the tough jobs they do. Thanks, Rotary Club of Ionia, for taking an evening to honor those who do Michigan’s toughest job! Clockwise from above: IBC CO of the year Dessaray Rose with Warden Tony Trierweiler and rotary club president Bill Roeser; Board members Byron Osborn (left) and Ray Sholtz (right) with Roeser (center); Ionia facility COs of the year with their wardens. Also pictured is Ionia County Sheriff’s Department CO of the year and Deputy Director Ken McKee at far left; The Rotary Club of Ionia meeting; Osborn tells rotarians about the Crisis Fund.; Officer of the Year Craig Altoft with RMI Deputy Warden Fredeane Artis and Roeser.

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Golf outings, gun raffle biggest fundraisers for the MCO Crisis Fund

Every summer, the MCO Crisis Fund Golf Outings bring in lots of funds to support members going through a catastrophe. This year was the 20th anniversary of the traditional downstate outing held near Lansing. About 30 teams came out for a fun day of golf Aug. 19. The second annual UP Golf Outing, held June 17 in Newberry, attracted teams from around the UP. The MCO Crisis Fund supports members facing disaster, such as a home fire or medical problem. Officers give to the fund because in corrections, we have each others’ back. Even if you don’t golf, please consider donating to the MCO Crisis Fund. Other major fundraisers include the annual Gun Raffle. MCO chapter officials sell tickets, and winners are drawn at the October Central Conference. You can also give to the Crisis Fund by mailing a check to the MCO Crisis Fund, attn: Cindy Kogut, 421 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48933.

To those who contribute to the Crisis Fund, thank you!

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MCO engages with Marquette, Ionia communities in a positive way at summer fairs By Pamela Basal MBP Corrections Officer The MDOC table at the UP State Fair Aug. 15 through Aug. 21 averaged as many as 150-200 visitors per day. We had many people interested in jobs. On average per day, 10-15 people were interested in officer positions and 5-10 were interested in other jobs in the MDOC. The banner that was displayed invited people to ask about how to apply. It drew people into the booth that might have normally walked by. The free raffle was a big hit again this year and it allowed people to ask for follow up on recruitment. Brochures and pamphlets were passed out and contact information given. We also handed out 900 bags, 1,300 pencils, 40 pounds of candy, 100 MCO Bottles, 100 MDOC water bottles, 100 MCO Frisbees, 50 MDOC Frisbees, 50 MDOC Cozies, and more. They all were a big hit. Our displays focused on prisoner programming and how staff give back to the community. One display featured the dogs available for adoption trained at LMF and the work done at the MBP Trades building. Two other displays featured the Warden’s Cup Pistol shoot, Special Olympics and the different ways that some of our staff help in the community. As last year, the booth was more than recruitment. It gave the fair goers an opportunity to ask questions and portray the Department of Corrections in a positive COPS Day at the Ionia Free Fair was Wednesday, July 20. Corrections officers, other law enforcement officers, and state employees received free snacks, toys, MCO gear, and discounted ride wristbands. MCO gives away hundreds of toys, water bottles, and other goodies at the Ionia fair every year. It’s just one way we’re in communities, letting folks know corrections officers are public servants who play a vital role in law enforcement.

light. Having our equipment on display and wearing my equipment belt opened conversations about the job we do.

Above: An illustration showing info on COs’ jobs, but also how they give back to communities and support each other. Left: The MDOC table at the UP State Fair. Photos by Pamela Basal I have to thank Benny Mercier, Tim Lee, Kris Giesen, Rick Mohr, Pam Ranta, and Dawn Chisholm for helping out at our booth. They all did a great job. Many times the booth was packed and we were able to address everyone. They were professional and promoted the MDOC in a way that would make the Department proud. Thanks, CO Basal, for this report.

Thank you to all the members who volunteered at this event and others that show corrections officers in a positive light.

Left: MCO Executive Board member Ed Clements with retiree John Ost and family. Above: MCO Executive Board members at MCO’s table at the Ionia Free Fair. Photos by Cary Johnson. Fall 2016 MCO Report 13

Detroit Children’s Day Picnic brings together families, old friends Rain didn’t stop the party at the Detroit Children’s Day Picnic Aug. 27 at Lower Huron Metro Park in Belleville. The annual picnic for COs and staff at Detroit-area facilities had bounce houses, music, face painting, airbrush tattoos, free backpacks and school supplies, and, of course, lots of great food and fellowship. Retired officers Andres Chappell and Stennis George lead the picnic planning every year. Thank you both for your hard work. See you next year!

Photos from the Detroit Children’s Day Picnic Aug. 27. Photo at right shows (left to right): MCO Treasurer Bill Henderson; member Cedric Wright; MCO Trustee Cary Johnson; MCO President Tom Tylutki; MCO Recording Secretary Brent Kowitz; MCO Trustee Byron Osborn. 14 MCO Report Fall 2016

Stennis George on the deep fryers.

Photos courtesy of Cornell Howard, Cary Johnson and Tom Tylutki.

MCO military members step up to protect MI Vietnam Memorial Wall for Fallen Heroes By Cindy Kogut MCO Finance and Human Resource Coordinator/Staff Representative for Military Members’ Committee Six MCO military members and their families volunteered Sept. 16 at

the VFW Hall in Fowler. They had the privilege of making sure there was no vandalism to the traveling Michigan Vietnam Memorial Wall for Fallen Heroes. The members worked from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Some members came after working their shift and others came on their day off. Members said this was another “awe” moment

“Even though we had to stay up all night, it was truly amazing and didn’t seem like work at all,” said Ray Sholtz, the MCO Executive Board’s point-person for the military members’ committee. Some military members recognized names on the wall. Volunteers met some of the VFW members, who also helped protect the wall. MCO would like to thank the Fowler VFW hall for hosting the wall and for providing volunteers with refreshments.

Above: This semi-truck transports the Michigan Vietnam Memorial Wall for Fallen Heroes. Far right: The fallen heroes’ wall. Right: Volunteers chat as they guard the wall. Photos by Cindy Kogut.

TA puts money in members’ pockets; ballots to be counted Friday, Nov. 4 As you have heard, MCO and the Office of the State Employer reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) in September that calls for 5% in wage increases over two years and a slight enhancement to health care language. The TA addresses wages and healthcare in 2017 and 2018. The TA calls for a 3% base increase in October 2017 and a 2% base increase in October 2018. Non-economic provisions were negotiated last fall and run through December 2018. The TA enhances health care language concerning hearing aids. After the language is added, health care will remain status quo through September 2019. The 3% and 2% increases are in line with what members requested in MCO’s online bargaining survey. This year, 22% of members took the

survey. The MCO Executive Board served as the bargaining team. MCO President Tom Tylutki chaired the bargaining team and was assisted by

MCO Legal Director Jeff Foldie and Member Benefits Associate Tara Nichol. Read the bargaining review at

If you have not mailed back your ballot, please do so immediately! Ballots will be counted the morning of Friday, Nov. 4. Watch your KYIs and the website for results. Chapter presidents organize ballots by facility before counting the votes last year.

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2016 MCO Scholarship Winners Nicole P. Danyelle H. Sierra D. Jacob S. Delany M. Mackenzie M. Jena K. Molly M. Molly R. Kylee C. Joshua H. Brian C. Jarett K. Verniece L. Jakob T. Collin C. Cameron S. Matthew S. Taylor K. Jacob G.

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The Exchange Transfer List will be cleared in early January. If you requested to be placed on the list before August 2016, your name will be removed. If you do not want your name to be removed, please email by Jan. 1.

Many people leave the Department or get a transfer without notifying MCO to remove their name from the list. Clearing the list once a year means the list is more useful and effective. Revenues




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Statement of Activities 2nd Quarter 2016

Twenty children of members are taking college classes this fall with a little help from MCO. Again this year, MCO awarded 20 scholarships of $250 each. The scholarship program is competitive and receives great applications every year. Please join us in congratulating this year’s recipients: Information on scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year will be posted to the MCO website soon.

Notice: Exchange Transfer list to be cleared

Statement of Activities 1st Quarter 2016

Congratulations to MCO Scholarship recipients!

Brian Acre Gwendolyn Allen Richard Allen Robert Ames Mark Annis Howard Ardis Andrew Badder Terry Bartle Dalan Bertasso John Bertram Kevin Brandal Cynthia Brown Sherri Brown Joanne Burgess Brenda Caldwell Charles Campbell Kim Carls David Carlson Lynn Carrick Ronald Cook Steven Corr Robert Court Theodore Crawford Randy Croel John Cromell Gerald Culhane George Danielson Donald Davis Matthew Davis Daryl Deatsman Curt Detloff Aloysius Dhondt James Eaton Keith Eaton Joseph Ebnit Mark Elmer Arthur Elmore Gregory Emmons

Michael Exelby Paul Faverman David Fhlug Jack Frost Kenneth Gibson Jose Gonzales Patricia Goodman Glen Gransden Mark Hall Michelle Hamel Jeffrey Hanna Kenneth Hatfield Edward Hightower Dennis Hill Christopher Hines Celeste Hoffman-Prusi Steven Holt Brian Houser Donna Houtz John Hull Craig Humphreys Kenneth Ishman Chris Jackson David Jacobs Deborah Jimerson Henry Michael Johnson Todd Johnston Terry Jones David Joyal James Klinkhammer Deborah Kwaiser Peter Lamb David Lanala Gregory Larkins Stephen Leazier Daniel Lindlbauer Michael Marinich David Massoglia

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Randy McDaniels Thomas McFarland James McHenry Janice Mckay-Pearce Scott Mcmullen Terry Meeks Carla Meloche John Mills Gary Monroe Nelson Morgan Marian Morris Ray Newhouse Bryan Nietling Phillip North Terry Nurenberg James Oconnell Gregory Oja Melville Oliver Melville Oliver Douglas Orweller Ballard Pace Edward Pemberton David Phillips Jerry Pope Scott Portt Mark Raymer Daniel Reed Kevin Robb Charles Rogers Deborah Russell-Winston Patrick Ruthruff Grant Sage Mark Saller Patricia Santti Jeff Schmits Thomas Schmitz Donald Schoals Arthur Schultz



John Schultz Todd See Donald Selask John Shaw Sheryl Shreve Wayne Sipperley Laurie Smith Peter Smith Robert Speaker James Spears Eric Stahl Linda Stanton-Thomas Daniel Stebbins Alan Stemen Steven Straka Richard Strang Steven Thick Juan Torres Frederick Udell Marlo Underwood James Urie Roger Vanpopering Deborah Vansickle Michael Wallace Richard Warnack Karen Waun Debra Weiss Annette White Michael Wilds Lori Williams William Williams Steven Wilson Bernice Woodliff Kevin Wynn Peter Yon Bruce Young Jeremy Zaborny


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MCO is a labor union representing more than 6,000 Corrections Officers and Forensic Security Aides who work for the state of Michigan. MCO is dedicated to serving those who have Michigan’s toughest jobs.

Larry Henley, Alger Ed Clements, Baraga Lorraine Emery, Bellamy Creek James Wexstaff, Brooks Eric Stott, Carson City Byron Osborn, Chippewa Marcus Collins, Detroit Detention Gary Smith, Detroit Reentry Rene Patino, Cotton Paul Jones, Egeler Joe Voorheis, FOA Stephen O’Harris, Forensic Center

Tom Tylutki, President Andy Potter, Vice President Bill Henderson, Financial Secretary Brent Kowitz, Recording Secretary Byron Osborn, Trustee Scott Waggoner, Gus Harrison Dave Pasche, Michigan Training Unit Latese Walls, Huron Valley Womens Paul Jensen, Ionia Ricky Ries, Jackson Cooper Street Carlos Molina, Kinross Jonathan Hoath, Lakeland Ponda Esu, Macomb Edward Snively, Marquette John Bott, Central Michigan Branden TerHaar, Muskegon Teresa Nolan, Newberry

Andy Potter, Chief of Staff Tangee Laza, Member Engagement Director Karen Mazzolini, Member Engagement Director Cherelyn Dunlap, Member Benefits Director Jeff Foldie, Legal Director Shawn Davis, Legal Associate Anita Lloyd, Communications Director Tara Nichol, Member Benefits Associate Cindy Kogut, Finance and Human Resource Coordinator The MCO Report is an award-winning quarterly publication of the Michigan Corrections Organization, Service Employees International Union Local 526M. The editor reserves the right to refuse any incoming articles that are detrimental to MCO, SEIU Local 526M and its policies and the policies of the SEIU. Letters to the editor, story ideas, corrections

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Lori Iding, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff Stephanie Short, Grievance Coordinator Jeremy Tripp, Director of Governmental & Political Affairs Olivia Toretta, Member Engagement Associate Jim McHenry, Member Engagement Associate Valarie Mosley, Temporary Receptionist

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