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UFT Elections – Retirees

April 26, 2019 am30 11:33 am

I might follow this post with a little analysis.

I’ve delayed reporting the retiree numbers, because I have problems with the historic numbers. Retiree votes are constitutionally capped. The cap used to be 18,000. Now it’s more. My variety of sources include:

  • Capped numbers (official and unofficial)
  • Raw numbers (official and unofficial)
  • Back-calculated numbers

The totals I am reporting are inconsistently calculated. I don’t know if there’s any sense using them to compare year to year, except as percentages between caucuses. If anyone can help me puzzle this out, I would work with you.

Anyway, imperfect as they are, here are my numbers.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Dave Marain permalink
    April 26, 2019 am30 11:46 am 11:46 am

    Hi Jonathan! I’m still alive and good to see you still are the activist! Ironically so am I! I’ve waded into the political swamp in my County and State and I’m being officially labeled as an agitator! I love it 😊😊. Hope you’re well!

    Dave Marain

  2. Richard permalink
    April 26, 2019 pm30 3:58 pm 3:58 pm

    So New Action and MORE combined had less than Solidarity alone? How does that make you and Michael Shulman feel? Years of being activists and retirees vote for the new caucus?

  3. April 27, 2019 am30 7:44 am 7:44 am

    I don’t think the exact numbers are crucial other than to spot trends. And there is no trend other than Unity will get between 85-90% of the retiree vote and the only even that would break that trend would be threat of loss of pensions. My confusion lies in the fact that retirees are functionals and can run for Ex Bd as a functional — and thus also vote for functionals – my ballot had the 19 ex bd members. And assume that the 20,000 Unity voters also voted for the 19 Ex Bd members. Then add in the non-retiree functional voters. As I reported in my analysis of your numbers on functionals – — the keys to forever Unity control lies in the retirees and functionals. We have seen based on the numbers that the middle and high schools could be in play and if the opposition could get even over 40% in the elementary schools all three divisions would be in play but at most would give the opposition a quarter of the ex bd and no ad com seats. Arguments to try to change the retiree voting habits are a waste of time. The only answer is a campaign to change the impact of their votes and that can’t happen until it is proved that the election is winnable among working teachers.

    • April 27, 2019 am30 9:10 am 9:10 am

      You are correct about retirees voting “functional” – didn’t realize and had to double check.

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