Was the AFT executive council endorsement of Hillary unanimous?

As the national news sunk in among the leaders and members of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teaches (AFT) on July 12, 2015, in some places the question was: Was the vote of the 45-member AFT executive council unanimous? And, if so, why did certain executive council members whose rank and file members had strong disagreements with the proposed endorsement of Hillary Clinton not mention what was looming to their members?

By late afternoon on July 12, the questions were still being asked from across the USA, and especially in parts of New York, in Chicago, and in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Not only had the AFL-CIO announced that the national unions would not -- NOT -- be taking such action at this time, but most of the rank-and-file members of the AFT locals were as surprised as anyone when they learned, from the news media, that their union had made such a premature endorsement.


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