"Occupy" NYSUT Headquarters? Might Find Some of that "1%"
Speaking of the unions' utter tone deafness, here's Peter Murphy of the NY Charter School Assoc.:
Many a credible analyst believes the country is experiencing the worst economic period since the Great Depression of the 1930's. That may be true, but not if you work in the upper echelons of the New York State United Teachers' offices just outside of Albany, where it's "Happy Days Are Here Again." In fact, those days never left, even if they changed for the worse almost everywhere else.
The Albany Times Union today has a front-page story on NYSUT staff receiving massive salary increases in 2010 which included some one-year pay raises "equal to more than an entire year's worth of earnings for the average teacher." For example, NYSUT president, Richard Iannuzzi, received a nearly $45,000 pay hike in 2010, an increase of 23 percent to a base salary of $240,180 (not including tens of thousands of dollars more in benefits and perks); while the organization's Secretary-Treasurer got a hefty boost of more than $75,000 - as in a pay increase, not actual salary, which became $216,261, a 54 percent jump.
The teacher union Bigs getting these big pay hikes would stand out in good times. In bad times, they are anti-climactic, to put it mildly.
Friday, October 28, 2011