The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test

Dec 21, 2009

The Detroit News (11/17/09) reported that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation just approved the SEIU for a two million dollar tax break on a three million dollar investment in a brand new office in Redford, MI.

Just a few weeks later, leaders from this same union told the State of Michigan workers they represent to accept horrible healthcare cuts that the state will benefit from – thus breaking a united stand with three other state unions who are refusing to negotiate concessions.


In any case, SEIU leaders can negotiate rotten contracts all they want. Their problem is to get union members to vote for it.

To help them do that, the state and the union leadership came up with a clever plan to take the vote. The state “thoughtfully” agreed to allow internet voting – from work, on the state’s own computer system. The state ALSO said, “The State’s computer system is not private and may be monitored at any time.” In other words, the state reserves the right to keep track of who votes – and HOW they vote! And the union leadership signed off on this!

Well. At least now, the battle lines are clearly drawn. And the SEIU leaders and the state seem to be on the same side!