Only 7,233 members of SEIU Local 1000 actually cast votes in the election that approved the furlough deal with Jerry. On July 3 SEIU stated that 65.76% of those voting supported the deal. That means only 4,750 members bought the okeydoke.
SEIU was actually under no obligation to send the matter to a vote, and was under no obligation to follow the membership vote if it went against the leadership. SEIU represents about 93,000 workers.
The union set up 82 polling places for a one-day vote around the state rather than doing a mail-in ballot, allegedly to move the process along more quickly, though many dissidents in the organization believe it was actually done in order to suppress the vote.
Generally speaking SEIU gets less than 10% turnout for their ballot elections.
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