|My afternoon delight|
And I hit myself in the head - of course - the AAA, which is hired by the UFT/Unity Caucus reports all that info to the union and of course they can track the voters and their schools -- and that is an immense advantage since they can identify pockets of opposition support and support for them. In fact they can check those 222 Unity CLs' schools to see what per centage voted and also the MORE schools. They can get district profiles to check on how well their district reps are promoting Unity.
MORE gets none of this info and I believe it is time to demand the same access as Unity gets. Now we know they will claim they don't get it or use it and then will say it is a privacy issue. No one is going to publish the names of who voted. In fact I don't care to know their names - what I would like to see is a school by school, division by divisions break down and that info should be published in the NY Teacher -- that might just spur people to vote in the future. But then again does Unity really want a massive turnout, which could very well go against them.
I think it would be a good check for people in MORE to see if the work they did in the election in their own schools actually bore fruit - and if it didn't figure out why.
We're also getting reports of missing ballots - people who even after contacting AAA do not get a ballot. Or wrong ballots sent to some people - like one of our key high school people got a middle school ballot instead -- interesting - he called AAA and got a corrected ballot. But I am wondering if some schools were not moved from a winnable category to a less winnable one.
Ok. So while I don't buy some of the conspiracy theories out there I never put anything past Unity, especially if things ever get close. Like if MORE were to ever get 40% of the vote in each of the 3 teaching divisions - elem, ms, and hs -- watch what would happen.
On another front, I was contacted by college teacher who has first year teachers in her class - one of them wasn't voting because the size of the booklet and number of candidates threw her.
I believe the candidates running should be limited to officers and exec board and the 800 AFT/NYSUT people should not appear on the ballot at all. Based on caucus votes there should be proportional rep and after the election each caucus chooses its share of delegates. This will never happen of course as long as Unity is in control..
My thinking is that at some point, the opposition must consider some legal action on a number of grounds.
Today and Monday are the last days to extract votes. I have a few hundred leaflets left and today I aim to hit a few Unity strongholds just to have some fun. Then I will sit in my garden and smoke that Cuban stogie Angel Gonzalez gave me the other day.