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Michigan Department Of Corrections Faces Changes

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Lansing, Mich. -- (WLNS) The Michigan Department of Corrections is going through some more changes.

In order to cut spending, it's eliminating some positions. While the move doesn't mean the workers will lose their jobs, the union still has concerns about safety.

Right now about 2,500 people work for the Deparment of Corrections as resident unit officers.

"You have the same personnel, the same corrections officers working in the housing units everyday. And that's very important because they enforce the rules, they know the prisoners, they know when the prisoners are having a bad day," said Tom Tylutki, MI Corrections Organization president.

Come April 1, they'll become corrections officers. They will each take a $1.40 an hour pay cut, but money isn't what concerns the Michigan Corrections Organization.

"We think it's a dangerous move. And we believe that trouble is going to happen," said Tylutki.

Officials at the corrections department say there shouldn't be a change in service though, since it's not getting rid of positions inside the prisons and plans are in the works to keep the same staff in their current housing units.

"We can't say that we'll honor every single one of the 2,500, but we're going to do our very best, because it's in our benefit too, to ensure that people who are familiar with those units, who are familiar with those prisoners in those housing units, continue to stay in there and monitor the security," said Russ Marlan, MI Department of Corrections spokesperson.

At a time of continuing budget deficits the department says it makes sense to go with a plan that will save it $12 million a year.

The classification is a prohibited bargaining subject so the corrections union wasn't able to talk about it during negotiations. But, members are in the process of filing an appeal with the civil service commission.

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