Sunday, February 26, 2012

CCEA Making Big Bucks Off Dues Paying Members, Including Me

I guess I am being played as a sucker as well as the rest of the teachers who pay union dues to the Clark County Education Association, or the teacher's union.
From the LVRJ: While leaders of the local teachers union have criticized the Clark County School District for overpaying administrators and underpaying educators, they have a recent history of paying themselves huge salaries.
In 2009, the last year for which a required Internal Revenue Service report is available, more than a third of the union's $4.1 million budget went to pay just nine leaders. Each earned between $139,785 and $208,683 for a total of $1.5 million, according to the Clark County Education Association's report to the IRS.
John Jasonek, then executive director, got $208,683 for running the union but also received $423,863 from two affiliated organizations -- the union's Community Foundation and Center for Teaching Excellence -- making his total pay $632,546.
In addition, union-created Teachers Health Trust CEO Peter Alpert was paid $546,133.
Current union officials refused a Las Vegas Review-Journal request for more recent figures. The nine workers are singled out in the report because the IRS requires the union to list officers, key employees and anyone making at least $100,000 a year.
It is almost criminal that union leaders are making this kind of money off of the people who pay union dues.
And for the Teacher's Health trust making that money when the teacher's union is supposed to be a non-profit is almost criminal as well, except technically, it probably isn't.  And all this time, the union insurance company has been pleading poverty and increasing premiums.  Time to get rid of the Teacher's Health Trust and put in a more responsible health insurance company.
And remember, this is also taxpayer money as well because it is taxpayer paying the salaries of the teachers.
And to the union leaders we elect, what do you have to say for yourself for selling out union members.
But I have a choice and my choice may just be to quit the union.

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