Tuesday, December 21, 2010

National Education Association leaders living large

Keep this in mind the next time you hear the unions criticizing some of the salaries in the reform sector:


Last summer, as the National Education Association was demanding that Congress pass a $10 billion taxpayer bailout to save teaching jobs across the nation, the union's leadership was enjoying another banner year, with 35 individuals earning at least $200,000. 


     The poor economy has cost thousands of teachers their jobs, which is reflected in NEA's membership, which decreased by 30,690 members during fiscal 2009-10, according to the union's annual financial statement filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. For teachers who remained in the classroom, many were asked to accept wage and benefit concessions. 


     But it's a different story at NEA headquarters. During the 2009-10 fiscal year, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel raked in $397,721, while Vice President Lily Eskelsen earned $326,563 and Secretary/Treasurer Rebecca Pringle made $340,845. In additional, the union had 32 union other employees who made more than $200,000.


     On top of all those heavy paydays, there well over 200 other NEA employees who earned six-figure salaries during the same period.



National Education Association leaders living large, despite dramatic decline in membership

As teachers across the nation are asked to accept wage freezes, contract concessions, union leaders' robust salaries, lavish conferences are out of touch

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