UFT staffers and members said that an endorsement of Thompson was likely, but won't be a done deal until the members vote on the issue Wednesday afternoon.
The UFT then plans to hold a news conference announcing the endorsement at its lower Manhattan headquarters at around 5:45 p.m.
"All signs are pointing to Thompson," said a teachers union chapter leader who asked to remain anonymous. "Things seem to be lining up for his endorsement."
The national teachers' union endorsed Thompson, as has Merryl Tisch, the chancellor of the state Board of Regents who enjoys relatively good relations with the UFT.
Thompson is being heavily funded by Al D'amato and corporate backers as well as Merryl Tisch.
The good news in all of this is, as Mayor Bloomberg noted yesterday, a UFT endorsement is the "kiss of death" for a candidate.
No UFT-endorsed mayoral candidate has won since David Dinkins in 1989.
So maybe the best thing that could happen if you're opposed to Thompson is to have the UFT endorse him.
Doesn't a UFT endorsement almost guarantee a loss?