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Mike Mulgrew: UFT Will Shape Next NYC Mayor

United Federation of Teachers (UFT) President Mike Mulgrew gave an honest assessment of the union's role in the upcoming New York City mayoral election, according to the New York Post:

"'We're not about picking a mayor,' the union boss told the New York Observer. 'We're about making a mayor, making the winner. And that's what we're gonna do.'

"'We' being the United Federation of Teachers. To most New Yorkers, the UFT is a teachers union. But Mulgrew presides over one of the city's most powerful political machines.

"And one of the best-financed, too. Mulgrew reportedly plans on spending in the high seven figures (close to $10 million, in other words) to crown the next mayor. He won't yet say who that candidate might be. But he notes ominously: 'They all get that things have to change dramatically.'"

Mulgrew's demands in backing a mayoral candidate are steep. According to the New York Post, the union's demands in a candidate will include stopping the charter school movement, renegotiating the teacher evaluation system, seeking back pay and possibly ending mayoral control of the City's public schools.

Read the full opinion article here.

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