By Jaisal Noor
Wednesday’s Baltimore City Teachers Union election has educators crying foul and questioning whether the process is rigged to support the incumbents.
The longtime leadership of the union, headed by Marietta English, is being challenged by a group called A Union We Deserve, compromised of social justice-oriented educators who want the union to do more to fight for the interests of students and teachers.
Nearly a dozen educators have reached out to The Real News worried about practices that they say heavily favor incumbent candidates. A union spokesperson referred all election-related questions to Tom Frasier, Elections and Nominations Co-chair.
Fraiser has yet to respond to a request for a comment or interview.
! I was sent photos from the electronic ballots used in today’s Baltimore Teachers Union election. Initial page only allows you to vote for entire incumbent “English Slate” of candidates. You have to click “Yes” on the next page to vote for challengers pic.twitter.com/8DKUTqYBkG
— Jaisal Noor (@jaisalnoor) May 15, 2019
Educators’ primary complaint was that the ballot is confusing. Unlike traditional election ballots, the first screen that appears on the voting…