- $220,629.46 in dues (paid for on the backs of and out of the paychecks of 688 teachers)
- $1571.18 interest on checking account
- $8363.35 in "miscellaneous revenue" (no explanation given, but possibly bullied from teachers in the form of taking their lunch money)
- $497.00 for the "Spring Function" (they made money on a party that cost them $5635.57)
- $80,755.56 President's salary, benefits, summer stipend, and mileage
- $8,733.08 for office hospitality and parties (not including the $1700 stipend for the social coordinator)
- $11,851.59 for going to conferences
- $32,147.48 for 29 different stipends, including negotiators, scribes, and the overpaid social coordinator
- $12,882.14 for substitutes for members who wanted a day off
That's right, nearly $72K is sitting in the local Union's bank account. Money that came out of my paycheck and that of every other teacher. Money that could have been used to feed families, buy shoes for children, pay bills, and so on. Thanks, guys, for looking out for us.
The Union is saying that 94% of their expenses are chargeable to me. Would anyone like to have a look at the list above and explain how any of this (let alone 94%) had a direct impact on my working environment? I paid for the Union Prez and the Little Dictator to fly to California. I pay for their copies, but don't get their newsletter. I pay for their meetings, but aren't allowed to attend. I pay for the prez's mileage, but I don't ride in her car. I pay for other teachers to be away from their jobs, but I'm not eligible to use the service. And before anyone jumps on the "but you're just a fees payer" bandwagon, let me say up front that as a non-member, the only stated services I am not eligible for are legal and insurance related, can't be a rep, credit card offers, and other "discount buying."
Do you know how your Union dues are spent? What percentage would you say actually goes toward improving your personal workplace?