The UFT elections are now over and the Unity caucus overwhelmingly won with 77% of the vote, despite the hoopla generated by MORE. As for MORE, I was disappointed by their weak showing, only getting 13% of the vote. I guess most voting teachers did not subscribe to the "social justice" plank and MORE should seriously reconsider their "leftist philosophy" if they are to be a real opposition caucus" going forward. What was most disturbing about the UFT election was the apathy that resulted in only 25% of the members who actually voted. That means that three out of four educators failed to even bothered to vote and that is disgraceful. What is worse that the majority of votes mailed in were by non-active members. That's right, 53% of the vote came from retirees and that is very disturbing. While I have no position on whether retiree votes should count, I do know that when retirees vote in greater numbers than active members and are the majority of votes then something is wrong, very wrong with the election system.
What is wrong is the teacher apathy that permeates the rank and file and I saw it first hand when a Chapter Leader asked a senior teacher did he vote? The response was that he was too busy, he had too many things on his plate and coaching tired him out, he is a physical education teacher. When the Chapter Leader asked him how much time would it take to mark an "X" and select a caucus, his lame excuse was that "his wife misplaced the ballot and he doesn't know where it is". I bet he threw it out. This very same teacher has been heard complaining that the union does not care about his "working conditions". Notice, it was not teacher but his "working conditions" that he complained about and that is the problem with many teachers who believe it is all about them and not the profession.
The bottom line is that many teachers didn't bother to vote, yet these very same teachers complain about how the union does not care about them. What hypocrisy and that is a shame!
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