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Weingarten receives a whopping $560,000 in total compensation. $375,174 in base salary with $180,000 in additional benefits. In addition, Weingarten received $50,300 in “allowances collected” which is only $6,000 below a teachers average annual salary.
Nationwide teacher salaries have dropped 4-percent from 2009 – 2013 yet Weingarten has seen a $115,000 pay increase. At the same time Weingarten has called and implemented budget constraints, spent more than $44 million on administration expenses and overhead, a 25-percent increase since she was elected AFT president in 2008 while dues have increased 21-percent.
Weingarten talks the talk but personally and tragically fails to deliver in her administrative practices fiscally. Slamming politicians who don’t tow her line she has said:
“These are the people who aren’t in education to make a difference, but to make a buck—and who don’t want you to have the ability to stand together as a union and have a voice in the work you do.”
How does Weingarten and her union spend those union dues? $25 million on politics and lobbying in 2013, an increase of 33-percent since 2008, while promising they will spend record amounts in the 2014 election cycle to help Democrats retain the Senate and defeat Republican governors, particularly in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Weingarten is on record criticizing executive pay although her base salary is twice that of the average CEO.
“We want to fight forward, to move forward for a new America that believes in mitigating income inequality,” she said at the Ohio AFL-CIO convention.
Like any Socialist today Weingarten’s rhetoric doesn’t quite line up with her high flying tastes. Rick Berman, head of the watchdog site AFTFacts.com states:
“She is part of the 1 percent and yet she still complains about inequality. She says so many things that are disconnected from what she does and how she acts. She is duplicitous and two-faced more so than even most politicians.”
Maybe someday Weingarten will run for political office, she’d fit in well with the Washington DC elitists.
UPDATE: Washington Free Beacon has called Randi Weingarten a “Limousine Liberal” as the AFT shells out big bucks for her limo service. But reading further the service is for AFT elitists and guests.
Rich Berman of AFTFacts.com says:
“While [Randi Weingarten] campaigns for redistributive tax policies and ‘shared sacrifice,’ she is merrily living the life of the one percent, with a half million dollar compensation package, a house in East Hampton, and even chauffeured limo rides for her and her lieutenants—all paid for by AFT member dues,” he said. “Meanwhile, she fights tooth and nail to oppose performance-based pay reforms that would allow the nation’s best educators to live a more comfortable life.”
While this ilk professes a Marxist ideology they like to live the lifestyle of the rich and famous, all on the teachers dime, and taxpayers.
One would think the National Education Association (NEA) would have as its primary goal support of its teacher members, those paying dues. In their mission statement the NEA even promotes this premise:
“Our mission is to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world. We believe individuals are strengthened when they work together for the common good. As education professionals, we improve both our professional status and the quality of public education when we unite and advocate collectively.”
In the real world the NEA actually spends three times more on politics, overhead and administration than its members. YES that’s 3X!
- $45 million on “political activities” in 2013, about $500,000 more than it spent on membership services classified as “representational activities.”
- $90 million on overhead costs and union administration—more than double the total spent on individual members.
- The union’s expenses on staffing, administration, and politics accounted for about 40 percent of its total expenses for the year.
- NEA annually collects nearly $370 million in dues from its 3 million members, as well as its 88,000 non-member teachers.
Like other unions the interest of its paying members takes a backseat to the self-interest of union bosses, their perks and political activities which could even mean overnight stays at the White House or at least face-to-face meetings with the POTUS.
For union members it’s shut up, play nice and pay into the system. Collective bargaining and grievance processing are the main functions of unions but for the honcho’s it’s setting themselves of for current and future political activities and buying friends along the way.
Charter schools and homeschooling are the best options for those capable of supporting either instead of supporting a system that is broken and unaccountable. The Marxists will tell you it’s all about the children but it’s really all about the clout, personal perks and union boss self-interest.