Going Out Of Business
Of 46,735 votes cast for president, Weingarten received 40,665 or 87%, while her opponent, Kit Wainer, received 6,070, or 13%. Weingarten has been the UFT president since 1998, when she was appointed to fill the remainder of Sandra Feldman’s term shortly after Feldman became president of the UFT’s parent union, the American Federation of Teachers. She was re-elected in 1999, 2001 and 2004.
“I am honored that our members decided overwhelmingly to allow me to serve another term in office. Our members are the most incredible people I know – be they teachers, paraprofessionals, guidance counselors, therapists, nurses and others -- and it is an honor and privilege to champion their needs and aspirations,” Weingarten said.
“In the next three years we will be working with parents and others to help all children succeed. When we fight to enable educators to do their jobs effectively – and get the respect and conditions and professionalism they need -- we are doing nothing more than fighting to give our students the opportunities they so richly deserve.”