Harris Lirtzman sent me this information from the Independent Budget Office that shows where NYC government employees retire to. It is fascinating reading. Looking at the data, it shows that New York City retired government employees, including teachers. live all over the country and some even outside the country.
Here is a part of the IBO Report:
Let's look at Teachers Retirement System payouts specifically from Palm Beach County, Florida where the data shows that over $175 million in pension payouts were made. That is a lot of pensioners who all can vote in UFT elections for who will represent working teachers.
If we are honest, there is no possible way anyone campaigning for UFT office who isn't Michael Mulgrew could get themselves known to all of these retirees living all around the country. Ergo, it is impossible for an insurgent group to win a UFT election when all we have to become known is an ad in the NY Teacher once every three years. Retirees are a huge chuck of the UFT electorate who should vote for their own VP and their own issues but should have no say in who negotiates for active teachers. It's hard enough to become known in the schools.
After looking at this report, it's even more amazing that dissidents have won the high schools so many times in UFT elections. All of us who have worked so hard to get some kind of voice on the Executive Board can take some credit.