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AFSCME takes over Michigan state employee union, amid strife

Paul Egan   | Detroit Free Press Updated 8 hours ago

Board member: Too much ‘cloak and dagger’ at state employee union

Michael Walker, who serves on the Michigan State Employees Association board as an alternate director for the Saginaw-Flint region, said a lack of union transparency is one reason he opposes another term for President Ken Moore.


LANSING – Michigan’s oldest state employee union — the Michigan State Employees Association — was placed in trusteeship Monday after years of controversy and internal feuding.

Representatives of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) International, the union’s parent organization, arrived at the union’s Lansing offices Monday morning, locked officials out of their computers, and sent its elected officers home, three union sources told the Free Press. They later changed the locks on the office doors, sources said.

The union, founded in 1950, is now under the control of a trustee.

Union officials said they were working on a statement but had no immediate comment.

AFSCME officials weren’t immediately saying what prompted the unusual action, but the Free Press has reported on internal MSEA strife since 2016, when the National Labor Relations Board accused President Ken Moore and other leaders of attempting to break an internal union formed by union office staff. The union has been forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in back pay and penalties after findings that it [Continue Reading HERE]