The American Federation of Teachers executive council voted to endorse Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. This, in the words of one union activist, “was about as surprising as a 7-Eleven store having a slurpee machine.”
Despite its inevitability and the likelihood that it reflects the preference of most of AFT’s members, the announcement was greeted with displeasure from many in the rank-and-file.
The union soon found itself on the defensive, releasing details of its internal polling and leaking the information that the 40-or-so members of the executive council voted 3-1 in favor of Hillary. Who voted how is not something AFT thinks its members are entitled to know.
These dissenting AFT members are now faced with their union using their money and resources to support a political position they don’t like, chosen in a way they believe to be undemocratic. That sounds vaguely familiar.