June 3, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Buffalo, NY – Phil Rumore, who was first elected President of the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) back in 1981, has won re-election to yet another two-year term.
The 74-year-old head of the 3,600-Member Union – which is affiliated with the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA), ran opposed, as did BTF Vice President Rebecca Pordum. BTF Secretary Melinda MacPherson-Sullivan was also re-elected. She too ran unopposed.
“Much to my ‘surprise,’” Rumore jokingly answered when initially asked about this re-election win by WNYLaborToday.com.
This year’s BTF Elections were run “electronically for the first time” in the Union’s history, he told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper. “And it ‘worked very well,’ despite less than eight-hundred Members casting votes,” he said.
The low turnout was attributed to the president, vice president and secretary-treasurer running unopposed, Rumore said. “There were only a couple of races (that had multiple candidates), but the feedback from Membership is that they loved voting via computer,” he said.