The United Federation of Teachers hopes that their newly endorsed candidate Bill Thompson will allocate $4 billion in back pay for its members and give them additional protections under the new teacher evaluation program. It's clear the UFT thinks Thompson will owe them big time if he wins the mayoral race.
According to the NY Daily News:
The UFT is widely presumed to be the most
politically powerful of the municipal unions. Clearly, Thompson believes
Mulgrew will help lift him over his rivals. Unless he starts to demonstrate
independence from the would-be labor kingmaker, the voters will have cause to
question whose interest he will represent.