People are free to spend their money in any way they see fit. But in the case of teachers unions, who represent public school teachers whose salaries, benefits and union dues are funded entirely by taxpayers, this is especially egregious. The New York Daily News has uncovered records of the United Federation of Teachers whose bosses spent millions of dollars on extravagant parties and other goodies. The UFT president, Michael Mulgrew, defended the lavish spending, saying it benefited members.
What a crapweasel! And a well-compensated crapweasel at that – Mulgrew earns almost $300,000 per year! Must be nice.
Free-spending United Federation of Teachers brass last year spent nearly $1.4 million for the UFT’s 50th anniversary gala at the Hilton – complete with a movie, a book and a paperweight.
Records show they:
Ponied up $514,000 to 16 separate caterers.
Dropped $278,417 on the annual Teachers Union Day ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria.
Bought $6,100 in gift baskets from a lower East Side candy store – and plowed $179,000 into training retreats at a Connecticut resort boasting golf, scuba diving and aqua aerobics.
In one amazing feat of spending, they shelled out $114,870 for annual “coffee supplies” at their five offices across the city – paying the Coffee Distributing Corp. on Long Island $324,000 over three years, records show.
They also rented out nice parking spaces to the tune of about $75,000, and much more. Your tax dollars at work! And they have the nerve to run ads vilifying the wealthy for not paying their fair share!
Update: Memeorandum started a thread and linked!