June 3, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
New York, NY – United Federation of Teachers members have re-elected President Michael Mulgrew to a third three-year term, the union announced May 27. Preliminary results showed Mulgrew, the Unity Caucus candidate, winning 76% of the about 53,000 ballots cast.
Jia Lee, the MORE/New Action Caucus candidate, came in second with about 21%, and Francesco Portelos of the Solidarity Caucus was third, with 3%. “I am honored that so many UFT members supported my re-election,” Mulgrew said in a statement. “Together, we will use the next three years to build on our work, celebrate our schools, and do what is best for our members—the people who have chosen to make education their lives’ work—and for our public schools.” Turnout was up significantly from 2013, when Mulgrew won 84% of about 41,000 ballots cast. The Mulgrew/Unity slate swept the union’s 11 other high offices, while the MORE/New Action Caucus won seats on the high-school Executive Board. Read more