CARSON CITY — Corrections officers, United Auto Workers, Michigan Education Association members and Carson City community members picketed outside Haradine Park in Carson City on Tuesday afternoon.
The group was picketing against recent decisions made by the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) to eliminate scheduled perimeter security vehicle patrols and Resident Unit Officers at correctional facilities throughout Michigan.
The changes are expected to save the MDOC $13.8 million and went into effect April 1, but workers feel the lack of safety sacrificed to save money is not worth it.
“They are eliminating the full-time perimeter patrol vehicles, which are the last and first line of defense at these facilities,” said Michigan Corrections Organization President Tom Tylutki. “We haven’t been afforded the opportunity to work with the department to find a solution that is safer to the workers and prisoners at these facilities.”
Tyluki said the group is hoping citizens contact the governor and legislative officers on the issue asking for them to work with the group so they can be a part of the solution.
Pickets will be held throughout Michigan over a period of several weeks. Locations include Adrian, Baraga, Detroit, Ionia, Jackson, Marquette, Muskegon, Munising, Newberry, Ojibway, Saginaw, St. Louis, Traverse City and Whitemore Lake.