MCO files collective action suit over portal to portal time

BY DAVID NICHOLAS
Yesterday, the Michigan Corrections Organization formally filed suit in U.S. District Court recoup what it said are wages owed for uncompensated portal to portal time.
Mel Grieshaber, spokesperson for the MCO, said compensation was paid three years ago.
The term refers to travel time, special instructions, or other duties from when an officer clocks in until he or she begins a work assignment
The suit is a collective action rather than class action because, under federal law, union-represented members must opt-in for legal representation. 
Grieshaber said at the time of yesterday’s filing, the union had received almost 2,300 consent forms, representing approximately one third of its 7,000 members. 
In addition, approximately one thousand retirees impacted by the change have been offered the chance to submit consent forms.
According to Grieshaber, members can submit the opt-in forms during a two-week window beyond the filing date.
Russ Marlin of the Michigan Department of Corrections said the state’s policy is to not comment on pending or current legal proceedings.
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