Information for Corrections Officers

LELS is Minnesota’s largest labor union specializing only in the representation of Law Enforcement Personnel.
Dues stay in Minnesota, working for you! LELS is NOT affiliated with a national organization.

We Represent:

  • 4752 Licensed Peace Officers
  • 1339 Non-Licensed Corrections and 911 Dispatchers
  • 367 union locals across the state of Minnesota

What We Offer That You Can’t Get Anywhere Else:

  • Legal Defense Fund (LDF) which provides legal representation in criminal and civil matters which arise in the course and scope of your employment.
  • Membership with the Minnesota Police & Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) which looks out for the interests of our members by lobbying and advocating for members’ economic, social and professional advancement at the state legislature and in Washington D.C.
  • Local in-house staff attorneys, business agents and support staff that focus exclusively on your behalf.

Accomplishments Past & Future

  1. View the settlements we reached
  2. View the contracts we negotiated
  3. Continue to propose changes to the Corrections Officer Bill of Rights. 

Membership Comes with Responsibility

  1. Ask questions.
  2. Spread the word.
  3. Vote


  1. Hi,

    I would like to know if the Legal Defense Fund will cover Correction Officer or is this only for Police Officer ?

    • Thank you for your inquiry. ALL LELS members are enrolled in the Minnesota Peace Officers Association and the Legal Defense Fund, not just the Licensed Members.

    • Thank you for your question. What you are being told is untrue. If your union local changes representation to another union, you would not go without a union for a year. Your current union representation would stay active until the expiration of your contract. If the Bureau of Mediation Services certifies new representation for your local after an election, the new union representation would begin after your contract expires.

  2. Can we have our own local stewards and infrastructure instead of calling in a business agent during a discipline hearing or otherwise?

    • Thank you for your question. You can utilize your local stewards and infrastructure during a discipline hearing but we strongly recommend inviting in the Business Agent or our Staff Attorneys as well. Our staff specializes in law enforcement and has a lot of experience with these situations. Our Business Agent team is comprised of former law enforcement personnel or attorneys and are usually a big help at these meetings. It is all at member’s discretion.

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