MCO set to file class action over portal to portal time

BY DAVID NICHOLAS
The Michigan Corrections Organization is hoping to file a class action lawsuit today to recoup what it said are wages owed for uncompensated portal to portal time. 
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.
Mel Grieshaber, spokesperson for the MCO, said compensation was paid for so-called portal to portal time until three years ago.
The union contacted its 7,000 current members and approximately 1,000 retirees impacted by the change. 
Federal law requires union-represented workers to opt-in for legal representation by signing a consent form. The MCO has been gathering those responses since early last week. As of mid afternoon yesterday, over 2,500 had been received. 
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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