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‘1 percent’ union bosses have little financial solidarity with everyday union members

May 9, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Union bosses talk a good “wealth redistribution” game, but they don’t practice what they preach.

They’re like the pigs that took over the farmer’s house in George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” Remember, they led the “socialist” revolution to overthrow the evil farmer, then moved into his house, started wearing his clothes and started acting just like the evil farmer did.

Last July, reported the massive disparity in compensation between national teachers union leaders and their dues-paying members. The kind of money the leaders make, compared to the people who pay them, could qualify them as “pigs.”

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten’s pay jumped to $407,323 between 2010 and 2011, while her counterpart at the National Education Association, Dennis Van Roekel, got a raise to $362,644. Factor in stipends and other paid expenses and Weingarten took in $493,859 and Van Roekel $460,060 for 2011.

“The big salaries drew jeers from many educators and their advocates in the U.S., where the average nationwide salary for teachers is a scant $44,000 a year. By contrast, nearly 600 staffers at the NEA and AFT are raking in six-figure salaries, according to Association of American Educators Executive Director Gary Beckner.”

So the next time you’re being lectured by a union boss who says you’re not paying enough taxes, or that wealth is distributed too unevenly, remember the message is coming from a pig-looking creature standing on two legs, sounding a lot like the wealthy farmer he just helped to overthrow.

‘1 percent’ union bosses have little financial solidarity with everyday union members – :: Education Research, Reporting, Analysis and Commentary.

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