Saturday, March 30, 2019
My Vote In The UFT Election
In the UFT election I voted for the person and not the caucus and that meant that I spent an hour picking and choosing. Here are my selections for the power positions on the ballot.
President: Lydia Howrilka of the Solidarity Caucus
Lydia Howrilka is a tireless worker and has made the Solidarity caucus relevant and no longer a one man show. She was rubber roomed because she stood up for her rights and was discontinued before winning in Court and received a new position at another school.
By contrast, present UFT President Micheal Mulgrew is disconnected and arrogant. He rather suck up to the Mayor and the Chancellor than give his members an adequate raise. The MORE candidate does not reflect UFT membership with MORE turning sharply left with it's Socialist/Communist social justice philosophy.
Executive Board: Arthur Goldstein and Micheal Shirtzer UNITY caucus and Johnathan Halabi New Action caucus. All three have demonstrated their ability to effectively advocate for the members and I'm proud to call them friends.
Secretary: Francesco Portelos Solidarity caucus.
Treasurer: James Calantjis Solidarity caucus.
I also voted for Janella Hinds of UNITY for High School Academic Vice President and Michael Sill of UNITY for Assistant Secretary. In addition, I voted for Jay Werner of Solidarity for Assistant Treasurer and Jia Lee of MORE for the Special Education position.
Obviously, for the useless and patronage delegate positions, I only selected the candidates I knew.