The only good to come out of this year's NYSUT power grab by Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta and the UFT was the formation of a statewide opposition to Unity Caucus called Stronger Together. Stronger Together understands how the Unity leadership of the UFT in New York City has a stranglehold over NYSUT and the AFT.
Stronger Together formed to run in the NYSUT election but they have stayed together after the election. ST made a very respectable showing in that NYSUT election. The candidate for Secretary Treasurer, Lee Cutler, received 46% of the vote against a candidate backed by UFT President Michael Mulgrew.
It is a positive development to see ST Caucus put up a website and maintain a presence on social media. Now the group has written a letter to State Education Chancellor Merryl Tisch questioning the governor's anti public schools education agenda.
Great to see the UFT's own Lauren Cohen is one of the people who signed this letter. Stronger Together gives us some real hope for the future of NYSUT, the AFT and yes even the UFT.