Notice how the decision on a governor's endorsement by the AFL-CIO was tabled so it can be raised again later. If Republican Rob Astorino is making headway in the polls after Labor Day, look for labor to come to rescue Cuomo in the fall.
What is the problem with being outright opposed to Cuomo? There is an alternative to Cuomo running in the Democratic primary in September. Her name is Zephyr Teachout. (I have printed her education platform below taken right from her website.)
Is there much in Teachout's education program that we could not support? Yes we have been fooled by Democratic Party candidates many times in the past but her platform compared to Cuomo's pro-charter school, pro-high stakes testing, anti-teacher, anti-worker record gives Democrats a clear choice.
I'm not speaking for ICE or MORE but as a registered Democrat, I have no problem publicly supporting Zephyr Teachout and I will vote for her in September.
The main argument against unions endorsing Teachout is she has no money while Cuomo has plenty so he can spend huge on advertising which means Teachout has no chance of winning. This is a valid perspective; Teachout is a super long-shot however she might not have to win to have an impact.
When a politician is as awful as Cuomo has been for us, what will it take to say we stand on principle and oppose him? Do we always just play politics so maybe a politician won't be so horrible to us next time?
I realize unions must often navigate in tough political waters but the Public Employees Federation, a large state union, has stepped up and endorsed Teachout as has the Buffalo Federation of Teachers.
NYSUT-UFT, AFL-CIO neutrality says volumes about where our leadership actually stands which is with Andrew Cuomo.
Teachout's education platform