Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Intercepts' Mike Antonucci on UFT Elections: Something New and More of the Same

low turnouts are an implicit endorsement of the services model. As long as teachers are getting collective bargaining services, they don’t seem to care much who runs the union. Movement unionists can win elections without motivating the apathetic, but they will never achieve their socio-political goals without energizing those non-voters.... Mulgrew’s winning percentage keeps dropping in every election, but at this rate he won’t get ousted until 2028. And you can’t analyze union elections properly without mentioning turnout. It’s historically bad, and it wasn’t good this time, either.... ....Intercepts
Mike Antonucci comes at things from an anti-union perspective but gets a lot of things right. If MORE spends time patting itself on the back for winning the high schools and focuses its attention on issues related to these Ex Bd seats without developing a strategy to penetrate the elem, middle schools and functionals to further erode the Unity vote it won't get very far and could even lose those HS seats in 2019. After all, MORE/NA just managed to accomplish what New Action did from 1995-2001 and with 750 less high school votes (New Action used to regularly get 3000 HS votes).

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NYC Union Election Provides Something New and More of the Same

Written By: Mike Antonucci - May• 31•16
If you want deep analysis of the voting results in the United Federation of Teachers election in New York City, I highly recommend heading over to Norm Scott’s Ed Notes Online. The upshot is that Michael Mulgrew and his Unity Caucus slate captured 76 percent of the vote, with the opposition MORE/New Action slate taking the bulk of the remainder and winning some seats on the UFT executive board.


Mulgrew’s winning percentage keeps dropping in every election, but at this rate he won’t get ousted until 2028. And you can’t analyze union elections properly without mentioning turnout. It’s historically bad, and it wasn’t good this time, either.

Organized opposition within unions is a healthy phenomenon, regardless of what they espouse. But low turnouts are an implicit endorsement of the services model. As long as teachers are getting collective bargaining services, they don’t seem to care much who runs the union. Movement unionists can win elections without motivating the apathetic, but they will never achieve their socio-political goals without energizing those non-voters.

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