It was a bad election for the UFT. Vote totals were down across the board. My caucus, New Action, did particularly poorlyI've been posting the election data as Jonathan compiles it division by division. Below are the retiree votes -- which seem to have leveled off at around 21,000 with Unity getting almost 90% of the votes. First here are his rough overall totals. The numbers are pathetic for everyone.
Unity did sweep the seats. But the group that has a monopoly on power has a growing inability to turn out votes, even after turning a popular chapter leader of a huge school, and a prominent Bernie Sanders supporter, with following.....
....Unity can claim a victory – they took an absolute majority of the high school votes for the first time since I’ve been a teacher… but with their second lowest vote total in years, perhaps ever.
I’ve seen speculation about who came in second overall. These results make me think Unity came in second – and those with an interest in promoting distance between the members and the union – our enemies – came in first...
..... Jonathan Halabi, https://jd2718.org
Here is the rough skinny on the retiree vote:
Over 23,000 retirees voted, over the 21,000 cap, so each vote is prorated -- I'll take a shot in the dark - .95.
MORE/NA in 2016 got over 3000 retiree votes. This time running separately: MORE - 393, New Action - 763. NA has some legacy voters. And Solidarity was the big opposition winner here with 1361 - a curious result and more than a third of their totals.
[Solidarity also finished first in functionals. (MORE did a mailing to all OT/PTs and obviously didn't have a major effect but probably got them enough votes to finish 3rd.)]
Well we do know that the faction in control of MORE purged or isolated almost all of its retirees (Ageism), many with some influence over other retirees. Most did not vote for MORE and said so to the many who requested guidance on voting. So MORE finished last in the retiree vote.
Jonathan has posted on the other divisions and here are my links so far on the election in reverse order of publication:
- UFT Election 2019 - Functional Chapters Based on H...
- UFT 2019 Election Report - MORE Follies, Middle an...
- UFT Election Results: Halabi Posts High School Tot...
- UFT Election Results: Unity the BIG Winner, MORE t...
- UFT Election Report: What I learned - Don't Eat th...
Between the almost 70,000 teachers in elem, middle and high schools, Unity gets less than 10,000 and when you add the non-teaching functionals minus retirees the Unity in service vote is just over 16,000 while the opposition caucus totals of in-service are meaningless.
A key to creating a real challenge to Unity is not to worry about retiree votes but to reach the 70-75% of working teachers who do not care enough to vote -- not just a don't care attitude but a referendum of sorts on how relevant they see the union to their lives.
In some ways, the low level of interest in this election is a bigger threat than Janus, as Jonathan pointed out: These results make me think Unity came in second – and those with an interest in promoting distance between the members and the union – our enemies – came in first..
Oh, don't worry you Unity hacks and slugs, Unity will always control the UFT even if it becomes a cinder. But when you hear union officials argue that paying dues gives members the right to vote in union elections - well LOL.
The question is, Who will get to the 75% non-voters first? An effective opposition or the anti-union forces? This election pretty much decided that issue.
Just imagine of the non-voters decided to leave the UFT. And the mocking of MORE for playing a major role in creating the mess among the opposition continues - MORE Plans to Fail, Fails to Plan to Fail Sufficiently, and Comes in Second Among Working Teachers and declarations they were the biggest loser (actually New Action was and I saw a MORE leader actually say somewhere "We finished third" -- truly I fell off my bar stool. The MORE leadership's focus on building itself at the expense of building a real movement in the UFT will come back to bite everyone.
Retirees are the major key in assuring Unity control of the UFT in perpetuity. I've pretty much explained the process -- at large voting for most positions so that retiree vote can be decisive. 21,000 retirees voted this time, about a third, which is higher than the working teachers and functionals. Thus retirees made up over 45% of the total vote. Here is Jon's chart: