POSITION ON VOTE-COPE
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Andy Pallotta is fond of pointing out that 91% of our endorsed candidates won their seats. What has this has gotten us? NYSUT has endured failure after failure: the additions of Tiers 5 and 6, 3012c, 3012d, the property tax cap, and the Educational Transformation Act, to name only a few. At last year’s RA, Stronger Together brought forward a resolution for more transparency and accountability with regard to where our VOTE-COPE dollars are spent. Instead of focusing on the intent of the resolution, the opposition discussed toilet paper and paper clips. NYSUT needs a new vision for political action beyond asking members for larger donations to VOTE-COPE. The power of our union resides not in our ability to rub elbows with politicians who will always yield to the highest bidder, but rather in our ability to mobilize the collective power of 600,000 rank-and-file teachers. Hedge fund reformers and billionaires like the Koch brothers and the Walton family are currently pouring millions of dollars into NY PACs devoted to the privatization of New York’s public schools. We are never going to win the money game, but we do have the ability to rally 600,000 members alongside the parents of our students. Only when we make our classrooms the focus of our activism will we be successful. We need to reclaim our profession!