History of MCOFU
MASSACHUSETTS CORRECTION OFFICERS FEDERATED UNION
The MCOFU currently represents all employees in Bargaining Unit 4 of the DOC, Bristol County Jail and House of Correction CO’s, and Dukes County Correction Officers.
Our independent Union was founded by seven Correction Officers in the late Spring/early Summer of 1988, who were fed up with the lack of support and representation by a former national union. Five of these original seven had served as local representatives at one time or another and saw first hand the problems within that organization and its failure to address the needs of our work force.
We had belonged to a group, which represented over 40,000 employees via one contract. Correctional employees had to negotiate specific issues in conjunction with zoo keepers, tree trimmers, librarians, and a host of other occupations which had nothing to do with the job we performed. We believe that an independent organization, whose sole purpose was to represent Corrections, would fare far better at the negotiating table as a group of 4,000 employees with a commonality of interest that with 36,000 assorted lifeguards and the like. This was the foundation for designing what has become the largest law enforcement Union in New England.
This grassroots organization was funded out of the pockets of the original seven members who became its Executive Board. We spent day and night campaigning and championing the cause for independence. On May 25, 1989, in our first election, we defeated ASFCME, a multi-million dollar international organization, by 103 votes. AFSCME challenged the election results, unsuccessfully, and it wasn’t until October 2, 1989, that the MCOFU was officially recognized by the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission as the sole bargaining agent for Unit 4, which is comprised of Correction Officers, Industrial Instructors, and Recreation Officers working within the DOC.
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