Union boss is 1 percenter

The California Teachers Association is encouraging teachers to back Occupy Wall Street, writes Larry Sand, yet union leaders aren’t exactly have-nots.

With a salary of $543,868, National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel is a 1 percenter, writes CalWatchdog, who used the “What percent are you?” calculator.
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, who earns $493,859, is in the top 2 percent. CTA President David Sanchez at $289,550 is in the top 4 percent.

According to the calculator, the median household income in the U.S. is $43,000. I’d hate to support 2.6 people (median household size) on that.


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  1. Consistency is not a strong suit of the teachers unions.

  2. Darren,

    There is not necessarily any inconsistency… one can be a member of the 1% and still support the (somewhat confused) goals of OWS. One can be a member of the 1%, and believe that higher taxation is needed on the 1%.

  3. Walter E Wallis says:

    When the combined bite [Fed, State, Local] exceeds50% you are a minority shareholder in your own life. God was willing to settle for 10%.

  4. We (a family of 5, soon to be 6) live well enough on slightly more than that…but we don’t live in California.

  5. We supported 5 on the equivalent per capita. All would have gone well, even here in the Chicago area, had it not been for college tuition for the 3 kids.

  6. question is why these union leaders support different pay for different position for themselves. I can’t imagine that how many years and phds ito would take in the step and grade columns to reach those levels.

    and of course, there are no bonuses or merit pay for the leaders either, as a matter of principle.

  7. Teacher in Tejas says:

    Joanne: Keep in mind that a family of four making 43,000 would only pay about $1,600 in Federal income tax on that income, using the standard dedcution. A family that had a mortgage and itemized would be getting a nice chunck of change back. You could live quite comfortably here in Texas on that. Now in California where they have a state income tax and a sales tax you would be taxed into the poorhouse.

    • Catherine says:

      Even without itemizing, the various earned income credits and child tax credits meant we were beneficiaries of “wealth redistribution” without us ever asking for it. I even missed one of the credits two years back, and the IRS upped our “refund” (we have nothing withheld) all on its own. Like those currently-vilified corporations, we left the money in the bank; we’ll need it to cover our increasing food/medical/gas bills in the future.
      It’s easy to see how only 53% of the country’s filing households actually pays federal taxes.