Motion: To approve the stipend for the NYSUT Convention in Buffalo, NY, from April 30-May 2, 2015 at a cost of $749 per delegate for transportation, lodging, meals and incidentals.
$749 is all it costs, along with a couple of days off from school, to keep most of the lower people on the Unity food chain in line. A stipend at the NYSUT and AFT Conventions is what Unity members receive after they pledge their loyalty to the union leadership on each and every union policy.
$749 annually is not that much of a cost actually for loyalty. The price goes up a little in an AFT Convention year when there are two free trips but you get the idea.
These convention attendees are the backbone of Unity Caucus. They are the foot soldiers who spread the word in the schools to busy UFT members about how the latest UFT debacle (support for Common Core, mayoral control, etc...) is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Or, maybe it's just a coincidence that all 800 of the UFT's delegates at the state level union convention agree with everything that President Michael Mulgrew proposes and the same 800 delegates fully concur with all that Randi Weingarten comes up with at the national AFT level.