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Teachers union president Michael Mulgrew wins re-election


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Lecturers union president Michael Mulgrew wins re-election

Michael Mulgrew was re-elected the United Federation of Lecturers president on Wednesday night time — by an unusually small majority.

The town’s academics union mentioned Mulgrew had obtained 66.3 % of the votes counted by late Wednesday, whereas his closest competitor, United For Change candidate Camille Eterno, bought 33.6%.

It was the slimmest margin since Mulgrew’s first run greater than a decade in the past, the education nonprofit Chalkbeat first reported.

“I’m honored that — after a few very tough years for the colleges and for our members — I’ve been re-elected,” Mulgrew mentioned in an announcement. 

“I sit up for working with all the UFT to make sure that the varsity system features effectively for everybody — staff, youngsters and their households.”

Within the final election, Mulgrew netted 86% of the overall vote in 2019 — earlier than pandemic-era faculty closures and studying loss, and the tensions that came with navigating health and security protocols whereas the virus was at its peak.

A coalition of blocs uniting to overhaul Mulgrew might have additionally bit into the incumbent’s benefit. Referred to as “United for Change,” the faction included progressive teams just like the Motion for Rank and File Educators in addition to centrist blocs like UFT Solidarity.

President of the United Federation of Teachers Michael Mulgrew speaking to reporters about schools legislation at City Hall Park, thursday
A metropolis academics’ faction referred to as “United for Change” tried to overhaul Mulgrew.
William Farrington

Mulgrew additionally stirred the pot with some retirees when he supported a metropolis plan to maneuver them to privatized health insurance coverage. Retirees are steadily the most activated base of voters in UFT elections, however some moved to block the shift that they deemed “inferior.”

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Simply 26 % of ballots despatched to members’ houses had been returned, in line with the UFT. All UFT members can vote for president, together with those that are retired capped at 23,500 folks.

Mulgrew was elected to his first full president’s time period in 2010.

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