I stole the title from Norm Scott with his OK since he could not get EdNotes out from here at day two of the NYSUT Representative Assembly.
Today the floor is fairly empty. There were some speeches, resolutions and now awards are going out for social justice.
In the NYSUT election, Unity's Andy Pallotta won. No surprise there. I cannot tell you his margin of victory because the Election Committee would not release the numbers.
As you can see from the photo, it is not exactly a packed house here on day two. This picture was taken before the election winners were announced.
UPDATED AND CORRECTED*: Pallotta in his victory speech said he would unite the union. He would hear and activate every local and every member. He quoted Thomas Jefferson after the contested 1800 US election trying to unite the country. Earlier today, Unity Secretary Treasurer Martin Messner compared our situation as a union to what England faced when it was close to being invaded by Hitler in 1940. He quoted the famous British Prime Minister Winston Churchill saying how Britain would fight with everything it had to "defend our island" when he took power at the low point of World War II.
It is difficult for me to be inspired by two men who can cite Churchill and Jefferson but in their careers as Executive Vice President and treasurer, have acted more like Churchill's predecessor, Neville Chamberlain. Chamberlain practiced a policy of appeasement with the Germans to keep Hitler happy by giving him half of Chechoslovakia in 1938. Look at how we have done in Albany under Pallotta. We have already given away more than half of what we had. Appeasement at its finest to keep Governor Andrew Cuomo content.
For those who hate Nazi analogies, I apologize but Unity brought it up.
I do wish Pallotta well. He will need to develop new skills very quickly if NYSUT is to recover.
*Earlier versions said the Churchill analogy was from Pallotta. Ed Notes cited Messner and we will go with that version. If anyone can correct us, please do so. We endeavor to be accurate but Unity leaders start to sound alike after a while.