Top Thieves At The National Education Association

Dennis Van Roekel, President: $389,620
John Stocks, Executive Director: $379,260
Becky Pringle, Secretary-Treasurer: $332,539
Lily Eskelsen, Vice President: $332,390
Andrew Linebaugh, Director: $312,479
Cynthia Swann, Sr. Policy Advisor: $296,833
Donna Healy-Dean, Director: $282,244
Ronald Henderson, Director: $266,700
Sara Campen, Organizational Specialist: $257,716
Barry Melamed, Associate Director: $256,381
Ht Nguyen, State Affiliate Executive Director: $255,646
W McLaurin, Director: $254,636
Michael McPherson, Chief Financial Officer: $251,635
Michael Kahn, Associate Project Director: $250,684

Michael Simpson, Attorney: $249,825
Leona Hiraoka, Director: $245,758
Al-Tony Gilmore, Associate Project Director: $244,670
Nathan Allen, Organizational Specialist: $241,356
John Wilson, Former Executive Director: $240,538
Barby Halstead-Worrell, Senior Director: $235,349
Frances Beard, Associate Director: $231,129
Alice O’Brien, General Counsel: $228,719
Thomas Blanford, Associate Director: $225,320
Karen White, Senior Director: $224,809
Willard Raabe, Senior Director: $223,443
Earl Wiman, Executive Committee: $219,481
Armand Tiberio, Regional Director: $218,396
Douglas Walker, Associate Director: $217,851
Daniel Hand, Director: $217,568
Bill Thompson, Senior Director: $215,719
David Duvall, Regional Director: $214,353
Lisa Nentl-Bloom, Organizational Specialist: $212,857
Kimberly Anderson, Senior Director: $211,263
Elizabeth Daise, Manager: $211,030
Daaiyah Bilal-Threats, Senior Director: $210,260
Maurice Joseph, Deputy General Counsel: $209,525
Kathleen Lyons, Regional Director: $209,159
Bouy Te, Director: $208,658
Robin Butterfield, Senior Prog./Policy Specialist/Analyst: $207,775
Laura Gross, Senior Prog./Policy Specialist/Analyst: $206,696
Segun Eubanks, Director: $206,646
Robert Eagan, Organizational Specialist: $206,612
Janet Dade, Director: $206,314
Candace Lilyquist, Organizational Specialist: $205,880
Kenneth Farrell, Manager: $205,172
Katherine Mattos, Communications Counsel: $203,645
Michael Edwards, Associate Director: $203,455
Stephen Behrer, Senior Prog./Policy Specialist/Analyst: $203,316
James Hristakos, Producer/Director (Broadcast Media): $202,557
Linda Cabral, Associate Director: $202,487
Timothy Dedman, Regional Director: $202,242
Roxanne Dove, Director: $201,654
Corina Cortez, Manager: $200,767

Chicago Teachers Union chief uses Sandy Hook to bash Teach For America

Only days after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the head of the nation’s third-largest teachers union is blaming Teach For America for helping “kill and disenfranchise children.”

Karen Lewis, head of the Chicago Teachers Union, bashed the national organization and one of its vice presidents, David Rosenberg, in a message that appears on the blog of educational policy analyst Diane Ravitch.

“We in Chicago have been the victims of their experiments on our children since the current secretary of Education ‘ran’ CPS,” Lewis writes, calling Teach For America a group of “education missionaries” who view teaching in poor communities as a “stepping stone to a more lucrative career.”br

Lewis admits she is using the Sandy Hook tragedy to advance the agenda of her union.

“There might have been a time where ‘politicizing’ tragic events, especially mass shootings, was thought to be in poor taste,” Lewis said. “That has changed with the 24/7 news cycle that continues to focus far too much time and energy on the perpetrator of the massacre than that of our precious victims.”

Read more here.

Reading, Writing and Paychecks for Teacher Union Members

CTU President Karen Lewis and other principal negotiators finished up for the evening about 9:45 p.m.

“Today we made some progress,” said Lewis this evening. “We are trying to move the issues off the table. We still have a lot of work to do obviously. And we got a lot of work done today.”

“We pushed off (the table) looking at what the day actually looks like for people for elementary school, middle school and high school,” Lewis said. “Those articles that the board originally just completely struck out of their original proposals – they are now back in our contract. We worked on that today.”

9:30 p.m. CPS: 18,000 in ‘Children First’ programs

Of about 400,000 Chicago Public Schools students, about 18,000 took advantage of “Children First” programs at 144 schools throughout the city on the first day of the strike, according to the school system.

6:45 p.m. Vitale doesn’t expect strike resolution today

School Board President David Vitale left negotiations at around 6:30 p.m., and said he doesn’t expect the contract to be resolved today, although talks continued.

“We started out this morning by emphasizing that we are close to getting this situation resolved,” Vitale said. “That was our starting point. We spent the day exchanging proposals. Some of them are somewhat complex.”

Read more here.

The Wicomico Council Budget Hearing

Pensions in the News

We have two different government pension stories to highlight here. So let’s start in San Francisco, where the average city government retiree earns an annual pension of $46,272. If you worked 30 years in city government, that figure looks more like $76,981. Those retiring from the Police Department are looking at $95,016, while the Police Chief gets a $264,000 annual pension. Fire Department retirees: $108,552. Private sector employees? $41,136. Gotta love government. Is it any wonder high-achieving taxpayers and business owners are fleeing California (usually for Texas) for happier economic climes?

Then we have the teachers unions in Florida. The Florida Education Association is suing Governor Rick Scott over a new law that … wait for it … requires state employees to begin contributing to their own retirement plans. Can you imagine the horror? Contributing to your own retirement account .. that’s outrageous! The law requires that state employees begin investing 3% into their retirement funds, which teachers unions are saying is a breach of contract. Florida Education Association president Andy Ford says, “It is essentially an income tax levied only on workers belonging to the Florida Retirement System. It’s unfair — and it breaks promises made to these employees when they chose to work to improve our state.”

Now .. get this .. Florida teacher unions spokesmen are saying that this 3% payment to their pension plans is actually an income tax.

Never underestimate the damage that teachers unions can do to your state or our nation.

Unions use Images of What???

I’m surprised they don’t include images of dead bodies.

No doubt firefighters perform heroic acts everyday – including that awful day in Oklahoma City when Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.

But to use images from that attack to oppose a law that would affect union collective bargaining procedures?


A state senator today blasted a firefighter union television advertisement as “horrific and tasteless” for using images of the Oklahoma City bombing to make a case against his bill.

The advertisement by the International Association of Firefighters began airing today.

It asks residents to oppose Senate Bill 826, which changes how public safety labor unions and cities handle contract disputes.

Several images of firefighters are used in the commercial, including a short clip of the remnants of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building after it was bombed April 19, 1995.

When the image of the bombed Murrah Building is shown in the commercial, a narrator says: “We’re there when you need us. Now we need you. Tell politicians to do what’s right: Oppose SB 826 and support Oklahoma’s firefighters.”

“The AFL-CIO and the IAFF should be ashamed of this horrific and tasteless commercial,” said Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City. “The victims and heroes of April 19th are not political pawns to be exploited whenever the Legislature seeks to reform a union negotiating process.”

Holt is a trustee for the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, and wants the commercial off the air.

Teacher Unions and Goverment Schools

The government employee unions lost in Wisconsin. Thankfully that largely includes a loss for the teachers union in Wisconsin. Why do I say thankfully? Because the less power that these teachers unions have, the better. Now I can only partially blame them for asserting their power; you parents who send your children to these people to be educated deserve some of the blame as well. You willingly submit the most precious thing in your life – your child – to these people every day and expect your child to become a competent, well-educated, hard-working individual. But it’s hard to imagine how that could be accomplished when these teachers unions care only about one thing: power. And they know they have power, and they admit they have this power.

Now let’s try to remember what those teachers unions were fighting for in Wisconsin, shall we? They were fighting for our children, right? Somehow our children were going to be denied a good education of that evil, Hitler-like governor of Wisconsin succeeded in taking away the teacher’s collective bargaining right. Isn’t that the way it worked?

Now if you believe that nonsense that was being spouted by the teachers unions – if you believe that this is all about your precious children — perhaps you might take the time to listen to something said by “Bob Chanin, General Counsel to the National Education Association. This comment was maid at his farewell address to the NEA convention last summer — last summer, before Governor Scott Walker’s move in Wisconsin.

Here are the words of Mr. Chanin. If you listen to the program today you’ll hear them as he spoke them.

Despite what some among us would like to believe it is not because of our creative ideas; it is not because of the merit of our positions; it is not because we care about children; More.. and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child.

The NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power. And we have power because there are more than 8/2 million people that are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year because they believe that we are the union that can most effectively represent them.

There. NOW how do you feel about protecting these wonderful teachers unions? Aren’t they just amazing? As if Mr. Chanin wasn’t enough, please remember Albert Shanker, a past-president of the American Federation of Teachers. After an AFT convention someone asked Shanker why all the emphasis on teachers and so little emphasis on the children at the convention. He replied that he would start paying attention to the children when they could vote in union elections.

Did you send your child off this morning to be educated in a government union school? Don’t worry, I’m sure it’s going to be just fine. It’s the other schools that have these self-involved union teachers …. certainly not your child’s government school. So .. no need to worry I’m sure.

Nationwide Union Protests Fail!

Bill Jacobson reports that outside of the big rally in Madison, WI, the Moveon.Org sponsored labor protests across the country fell far short of expectations:

Promoters, such as David Dayen at Firedoglake, were predicting a million-person turnout nationwide. But reports as of 7:00 E.S.T. today make clear that other than in Madison, Wisconsin, the crowds were sparse.

The turnout in Madison was sizable, with estimates ranging over from 50-70,000, which included protesters bused in from other states. (Dayen is trying to pump the crowd estimate to over 100,000.) But elsewhere, the crowds numbered only in the hundreds or low thousands.

In Washington, D.C., only about 500 people showed up (go to link for good photos of crazy signs). (Note, WaPo says 1000.)

In Columbus, OH, where you would expect a big crowd given a similar controversy, only “several thousand” people protested.

Other head counts, based on news reports, include: Boston (1000), Portsmouth, N.H. (few hundred), Augusta, ME (small crowd), New York City (“several thousand”), Chicago (1000), Miami (100), Austin (several hundred), Chicago (1000); Lansing, MI (2000), Nashville (hundreds), Los Angeles (2000), Richmond, VA (300), Denver (1000); Frankfurt, KY (several hundred), Jefferson City, MO (several hundred), Harrisburg, PA (several hundred).

While I don’t have a complete count, based on these numbers from some major cities and labor states, total protesters nationwide (excluding Madison) likely totaled under 100,000 combined.

If only two people and a dog show up at a left wing protest, it gets front page coverage in the media so it’s not surprising that these sparsely attended events would get doting press by the national outlets.

What’s significant, as Jacobson points out, is that few outside of the labor movement participated. There is no wellspring of support for labor on these issues among the general public which should further isolate the protesters and fleebaggers in Wisconsin, Indiana, and anywhere else they try this “run and hide” tactic.

It’s About Time…..

… it’s spreading. And it’s about durn time. This is a discussion that this country has needed to have for a long while. It’s a shame that it has come at a point when we really don’t have any other options. It’s either allow our states to go broke cowering before the mob mentality and tactics of government worker unions, or start to pull back on the reins and get this sucker under control.

They say that the first step to recovery is realizing that you have a problem. Many of these government employee union workers truly do not understand that there is a problem, that being that their inflated salaries and benefits simply cannot be sustained. It’s just costing the taxpayers too much.

We shouldn’t have allowed the unions to become this strong. Franklin D. Roosevelt warned us against this – told us just what would happen. Deaf ears. This is precisely what you would expect when we have negotiations with managers who have no skin in the game. When government officials negotiate with unions their eye is on reelection. When private sector businessmen negotiate with unions their eye is on their bottom line … maintaining profitability so they can stay in business.

There is no “right” to collective bargaining. The only “right” union members have to their inflated salaries and benefits is through contracts .. contracts that can be abrogated, re-negotiated or rewritten.

Somewhere along the way … whether it was in their government schools or in their homes … these people were raised under the assumption that they worked for a union rather than you – the taxpayers. Do you see the damage this can cause? Do you see how it is nearly impossible to undo this type of thought? But that’s what we are seeing right now in Wisconsin and spreading throughout this nation. As Rick Santorum said, “They are acting like their drug is being taken away from them.” They are addicts that will wither and die without their government administered drugs.

So what’s next for Wisconsin? Well if Governor Scott Walker and the Republicans get their way, other labor groups around the state have hinted that they will endorse a general strike of workers around the state. Won’t that be fun.

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