UFT President Michael Mulgrew has won his fourth term as the union’s president. Mulgrew, the Unity Caucus candidate, received 38,591 votes, or 86.2 percent of the votes cast, while Solidarity Caucus candidate Lydia Howrilka received 3,604 votes (8 percent) and Dermot Myrie the candidate of the MORE caucus, got 2,540 votes (5.6 percent).Mulgrew's margin of victory was huge compared to 2016 when MORE ran with New Action and Solidarity only ran individual candidates however Mulgrew's vote totals actually went down slightly from 2016.
2016 Mulgrew- 39,176
Mulgrew's totals dropped in spite of having former opposition leaders Arthur Goldstein and Mike Schirtzer now running on the Unity slate and having for the first time a massive get out the vote campaign that included numerous robo-calls to members reminding us to vote along with text messages and an annoying ad on the website that blocked everything. The ad told us to vote.
Opposition group MORE's vote totals fell off a cliff compared to 2016 when they ran with New Action.
2016 Jia Lee (MORE Presidential candidate)-10,743 votes
2019 Jia Lee (MORE Vice Pres Sped candidate)-2,700 votes
Meanwhile, Solidarity received some of the MORE support.
2016 Francsco Portelos (Solidarity Presidential candidate split votes only) 1455 votes
2019 Lydia Howrilka (Solidarity Presidential candidate) 3,604 votes
That is a fairly substantial increase for Solidarity which does not exactly have much of a presence in most schools. New Action took some of the opposition votes too but we don't know the NAC numbers yet since they did not run for officer positions and all we received was the officer totals. A few opposition voters went to Unity with Mike and Arthur but many others became part of the garbage can vote as they threw the ballot away. Hopefully, they recycled the paper.
Unity won the entire 102 seat Executive Board. There will be no representatives there that did not run with Unity.
We look forward to seeing how Lydia does as the leader of the opposition. She's the Shadow President.