We never delved deeply enough into the Unity vote suppression -- from rejecting electronic voting to the large number of people who never got a ballot and the limited time frame for replacements. Untity figured that if someone were asking for a replacement, it must be a UFC supporter as we were the ones rounding people up. Here is a doozie:
The UFT’s internal Election Committee is not impartial and presents significant conflicts of interest:
For the 2022 UFT election, the UFT election committee was composed of the Election Committee Chair, an Election Committee Secretary, and thirteen (13) Committee members. The Election Committee Chair and 62% or eight (8) of the thirteen (13) Committee members were Unity caucus candidates; the Election Committee Secretary was also a member of the Unity caucus. The UFT’s General Counsel also attended the meetings to offer legal rulings.
Election Committee meetings started at 4:30 pm, which made it difficult for any Committee members who are in-service full-time at schools to attend. The only Committee members who are in-service full-time at schools were candidates for and representatives of the United for Change coalition slate.
The Election Committee Chair participates in UFT Election Committee meetings while working as a paid employee of the UFT. The eight (8) Committee members who are Unity caucus candidates participate in UFT Election Committee meetings as representatives of the Unity caucus while working as paid employees of the UFT, thereby violating the federal regulations set forth in bullet point #7 under the heading Requirements in “Chapter 5: Candidates” of the U. S. Department of Labor's publication Conducting Union Officer Elections, which state, "Union/employer funds and resources of any type may not be used to support the candidacy of any person in a union officer election...”.
The Election Committee Chair works in the same building [UFT Headquarters at 52 Broadway] in which these meetings are held; as the eight (8) Unity caucus representative members work as UFT Representatives, they have increased flexibility to be at the UFT Headquarters building relative to the in-service teacher United for Change representative members, thereby facilitating the Unity caucus representative members’ attendance at such meetings.
There is grave concern that the composition of the UFT’s internal Election Committee, the actions of the eight (8) Committee members who are Unity caucus candidates, and the fact that the General Counsel, the Election Committee Chair, and the eight (8) Committee members who are Unity caucus candidates are all employed by the UFT, violates Title IV (29 U.S.C. 481) Section 401 (c) of the LMRDA, which states, “Adequate safeguards to insure a fair election shall be provided...”
-- Excerpt from Election complaints.
Thursday, June 9, 2022,
[Monday was out 51st Anniversary - a stay at home for the first time in decades because my wife has a broken bone in her foot but still managed to make a delicious surf and turf. Then Wednesday I attended the funeral/memorial at Greenwood Cemetery for a 107 year old remarkable woman. And I was added to the cast at the Rockaway Theatre Company for the upcoming Kiss Me Kate. So excuse the delay for this important piece of info.]
Do I believe UFC would have won if Unity had followed the rules? Maybe not, though with Retirees I think they had a lot of acccess that we did not through their Unity controlled outposts around the nation and the way they ran remote retiree chapter meetings. This is not part of the complaint but probably should have been. We got 30% of the retiree vote - imagine if we hit 50% - a new ballgame. I may not argue we would have gotten 50% if we could rebut the Unity sales pitch -- but maybe 40% and that would have given us over 10K retiree votes and pushed us over the 35% mark of total votes.
Will the threat of going to Dept of Labor force reforms? Probably not, but by publicizing among UFT members, it will raise the idea that Unity is an entity of lack of democracy.
So why are we documenting these violations? There may come a day where the oppo is close enough to win and the Unity machine will actually attempt to steal the election and this document is a cease and desist order and also blueprint for the future where my hope is the oppo lays all this out up front before the election begins.
- UFT employees/Unity caucus candidates used personal Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts for electioneering on the part of the Unity caucus in violation of UFT election rules set in writing via e-mail by UFT employee Manhattan Borough Representative/UFT Election Chair/Unity caucus candidate, Carl Cambria, on January 31, 2022:
Members of the United for Change coalition were denied access to school mailboxes at thirty-nine (39) schools to distribute campaign literature in violation of the LMRDA, Chancellor’s Regulations D-130 § I. B. 4. a., the Policy for Union Visitor Posting of Election Fliers published in Principal’s Digest on December 7, 2021, and the January 18, 2001 Memorandum from the Office of Labor Relations & Collective Bargaining:
- Postal mail:
The UFT has violated this federal requirement by repeatedly providing inaccurate information to UFC candidates regarding distributing campaign literature by postal mail from UFC’s initial inquiry made on February 7 over the course of fifteen (15) e-mails, one (1) meeting, and one (1) letter until the final message providing accurate information was received on March 16, which was
fifty-six (56) days after the election began on January 19. For a period of thirty-seven (37) days, the UFT adamantly provided inaccurate information to UFC candidates regarding the distribution of campaign literature by postal mail.
The UFT has violated this federal requirement by not notifying candidates, caucuses, or coalitions of the procedures for distributing campaign literature by sending multiple e-mails until a March 29 meeting, which was seventy (70) days after the election began on January 19.
UFT employee Manhattan Borough Representative/UFT Election Chair/Unity caucus candidate Carl Cambria and UFT General Counsel Beth Norton insisted that attendees were required to inform the UFT by the end of the following business day, March 30, if they wished to opt into the paid multiple e-mail plan, in violation of the federal regulations set forth in bullet point #4 under the heading Common Pitfalls in “Chapter 6: Distributing Campaign Literature” of the U. S. Department of Labor's publication Conducting Union Officer Elections, which indicate that a union can commit an election violation by “imposing a deadline for making requests to mail literature and, as a result, refusing to comply with an otherwise reasonable request.”
During their March 29 meeting, Mr. Cambria and Ms. Norton adamantly stated that whether or not any candidates opted into the paid multiple e-mail plan, the only thing that the UFT would send out on candidates’ behalf would be a link to a PDF that the candidates had prepared. United for Change had requested to send out full-color formatted e-mail messages with graphics; the UFT refused this reasonable request in violation of the federal regulations set forth in bullet point #6 under the heading Requirements in “Chapter 6: Distributing Campaign Literature” of the U. S. Department of Labor's publication Conducting Union Officer Elections, which state, “A union may not regulate the contents of campaign literature it is asked to distribute ... The union may not censor campaign literature in any way.”
See additional details in Appendix H.
The UFT inappropriately allocated campaign advertising space in The New York Teacher union newspaper in violation of the terms of the election as voted upon and accepted by the UFT Election Committee:
In the April edition of The New York Teacher, the UFT inappropriately allocated a two (2) page spread to the six (6) WE C U candidates, in violation of the terms of the election as established in January, which state, “Slates- Each caucus gets two facing pages....” and “Independent candidate ads are 4.5 inches wide by 5.5 inches tall.”
Additionally, the UFT inappropriately placed the ad for the six (6) WE C U candidates in the final position, in violation of the terms of the election as established in February whereby the UFT Election Committee had agreed that the UFC slate’s ad would appear last.