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Rebutting the BTU Leadership’s Scare Tactics to Keep Voting Inaccessible

October 26, 2018

 

Since successfully submitting over 840 petition signatures from educators around the city demanding more accessible means of voting on contracts and union leadership, the Baltimore Teachers Union Leadership has fought tooth and nail against the voices of its own membership. Below we will tackle their misleading claims about our constitutional amendment point by point.

 

1. Our current method of voting is “effective”!
 

  • DEMONSTRABLY FALSE. It is a shocking thing to say that a system yielding votes where 94% of its membership did not or could not participate is “effective”. It is effectively undemocratic to limit voting to a single workday, at limited locations, and limited hours.
     

  • In Chicago, Teachers Union votes regularly garner over 80% turnout. There are multiple other proven methods we ca