The Buffalo Teachers Federation held their elections recently and long time incumbent Phil Rumore has won reelection. On the surface this would appear to be a blow to those of us seeking change on the state union level (New York State United Teachers aka NYSUT) as Rumore supported the Michael Mulgrew backed Revive slate last year in the NYSUT election. However, a deeper examination of these results reveals there are some positive signs up in Buffalo.
First off, our fellow blogger Sean Crowley was elected to the union's Executive Committee. Two other candidates from the opposition Renew BTF slate also won seats. They are Kevin Gibson from Stronger Together and Teresa Leatherbarrow.
Digging even deeper we find that the opposition slates came within 64 votes of forcing a run-off election between the top two presidential candidates. Anyone think there are grounds to challenge? The statement below does not look like they are heading in that direction but one never knows.
Meanwhile, out in Hawaii the teachers' union leadership lost the election and now they don't want to leave. The Executive Board voted not to certify the results. Instead, they are calling for a do-over.
The statement from Renew BTF up in Buffalo comes from Facebook.