According to the propaganda of the teachers unions, these are bleak times for public education. Younger teachers are being laid off, school employees are making benefit concessions, and unions are losing bargaining privileges.
Heck, things are so (allegedly) bad that President Obama is barnstorming the country in an effort to whip up support for his latest bailout for Big Education.
In the midst of all the wreckage, one group has emerged completely unscathed: the leaders of the American Federation of Teachers.
The fat cats at the AFT are living large – dare I say like the 1%?
The union’s recent financial report filed with the federal department of labor reveals President Rhonda “Randi” Weingarten saw a cool 15% increase in her compensation – a bump of over $65K, taking her to $493,859.
An additional 193 employees make more than $100,000.
Remarkably, the union – while being bludgeoned in places like Wisconsin and Tennessee – apparently sees value in supporting new teachers unions around the globe.
The report reveals several expenditures to unions around the country, including:
· Federacion Colombiana de Educatores - $51,876
· KK NSZZ Solidarnosc (Poland) - $51,876
· NASWUT (UK) - $42,951
· Public Services Labor Independent Confederation (Philippines) - $46,200
The union also reported paying $6,934 to “Wild Africa Safaris Inc.” which appears to be a Canadian travel agency specializing in African and Middle Eastern destinations.
Kyle is founder of Education Action Group and EAGnews.org, a news service dedicated to education reform and school spending research, reporting, analysis and commentary.
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