Living Like the 1%: Teachers Union Spends Millions on Lavish Parties and Conferences

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 at 10:30 am

They’re doing it for the children.

Included in the United Federation of Teachers’ $166.5 million in spending last year was a hefty $33.4 million in salary for union staffers — a slight increase from the year prior.

More than 90 staffers earned six-figure salaries between July 2011 and June 2012, the records show — including President Michael Mulgrew, who took home $275,000.

The union, which bumped its income from membership dues by $3 million in 2012 — to $129 million — spent nearly $1 million just on training for union staffers at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester.

The union also spent more than $1 million for one company, Lackmann Culinary Services, to cater food for its various meetings and events.

That feasting didn’t even include the pasta payout of nearly $18,000 to Ravioli FAIR Caterers in Brooklyn.

An additional $1 million was spent at splashy conferences and events at the New York Hilton, the Helmsley Hotel and The Waldorf Astoria, according to labor filings submitted to the federal government.

None of this matters since they have the Democratic Party  in their back pocket.

The UFT’s political allies — mostly opponents of charter schools and of school choice in general — were also particularly well-fed in 2012, records show.

The group that succeeded ACORN, New York Communities for Change, has become virtually a subsidiary of the UFT — receiving nearly $400,000 for at least the second straight year.

Among the services it performed was the organizing of parents to oppose charter-school siting within public school buildings.

The former head of ACORN, Bertha Lewis, even got $17,500 for the new group she’s heading — the Black Institute.

Also getting a piece of the UFT pie this past year was the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network — which got $50,800 in contributions.

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One Response to “Living Like the 1%: Teachers Union Spends Millions on Lavish Parties and Conferences”

  1. Stan Back on 1/01/13 at 4:12 pm

    All that spending like it is 1946 and we just won the war and the Bretton Woods agreement is working great, the kids are so smart and the future looks bright. Enjoy it 47% and union parasites the tipping point is here and the good times are coming to an end.