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-By Warner Todd Huston
It’s union on union hate in Michigan this week as members of the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) are suing each other over a dispute over how to conduct elections.
One side says that the SEIU constitution requires all voting to be done in person. The other side in the argument says it can by fiat simply institute mail-in balloting to approve a change in the constitution to alter the way the union’s officials can be nominated.
Of course, as in everything, that isn’t all there is to it. You see, the big problem is that the mail-in faction is headed by current SEIU President Marge Faville who insists that she can arbitrarily change the organization’s constitution to a new, mail-in voting system just because, you know, she wants to.
The other side is helmed by Secretary-Treasurer Johnnie Jolliffi and Recording Secretary Sheila Guinn both of whom say that President Faville can’t just change things because she feels like it. They feel a constitution has meaning, apparently.
One would guess that the Jolliffi/Guinn faction have considerably less reverence for the U.S. Constitution, but that is another story.
Naturally this is more about a power struggle between Faville and the Jolliffi-Guinn than it is a question of constitutions. After all, these people all make over $100,000 a year and that is what they are fighting to control: their gravy train.
None of this will benefit the membership, a body that has been dwindling of late. As one blogger notes, the SEIU lost 45.000 members in Michigan over the last few years.
If you want to see the legal filings from this SEIU fight, check out the Stern Burger With Fries blog.