Michael Mulgrew's Unity Caucus has gone to new lengths to ensure that there is as little meaningful discussion as possible on important issues at the Delegate Assembly. Unity is so afraid to have controversial issues come to the floor such as Medicare privatization and possibly rescinding the Scott Stringer Mayoral endorsement that they have to manipulate the DA agenda so that the Delegate Assembly will more than likely not discuss anything substantive on Wednesday.
For those who have not been following closely, since last March UFT meetings have been remote. The DA has insane limitations that make democracy even more of a joke than even under normal circumstances. Within the electronic rules, the only chance rank and file delegates have in order to have a motion added to the agenda is to submit it to UFT Secretary Leroy Barr on the Sunday before the Wednesday DA at noon after he sends an email to all the delegates. The new motion period is only ten minutes so delegates are aware they better be on the top of the agenda if they want to be heard. Barr has told a delegate I know that the Union puts the motions directed to the agenda in order of how he receives them on email.
In an amazing coincidence, the first two resolutions that were emailed to Barr on Sunday for Wednesday's May DA were to honor health providers and then one to support nurses.
Motions directed to the agenda for the May 12, 2021 Delegate Assembly
Motion No. 1 — Resolution to celebrate Provider Appreciation Day (submitted by Tammie Miller)
Motion No. 2 — Resolution in support of School Nurse Appreciation Day (submitted by Cynthia Bennett)
A Resolution to endorse David Weprin for comptroller, one to oppose Medicare privatization, another motion to move up the privatization of Medicare to the top of the agenda, one calling for electronic voting in all UFT elections, one to rescind the Scott Stringer endorsement, and more all apparently came in after those two noncontroversial resolutions to honor healthcare providers and support Nurse Appreciation Day. I have nothing against the healthcare providers and I support Nurse Appreciation Day but these two motions are getting top billing. Why? The answer is basically to make sure none of the controversial issues are discussed. Typical Unity Caucus manipulation to get what they want.
Far more legitimate are Educators of NYC events that are true discussions. Don't miss tonight's forum on how the schools should be reopened. Full disclosure is my wife Camille will be one of the panelists.