Been busy most of the day, but did glance during my lunch at the ballot returns and read that the numbers of returned ballots from active members was the lowest in memory.
There was a teacher in my school who didn't receive a ballot.
She called the UFT to say she hadn't received one and they said they would send it right out.
She received it yesterday, after the deadline for voting.
Ah, but they made sure all the retirees - a bloc of reliable Unity votes - got their ballots, didn't they?
Just anecdotal, but it says a lot about this union that biggest bloc of voters was the retirees - the people who do not have to work under Danielson or under APPR.
The leadership does not want a membership that is active in the union.
They want a membership that is apathetic, disconnected, isolated, and demoralized.
And that's exactly what they've got.
We are a union of retirees.
Mulgrew is the president of the United Federation of Retired Teachers.
I'll have more on this when the results are in.