by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, America! (And National Nurses Week, and Public Service Recognition Week.)
Naturally, then, the leaders of the country’s two largest teachers unions are issuing glowing remarks about how much they appreciate the low-level workers who fund their lavish executive salaries.
“Many of us have had teachers who changed our lives, nurses who saved our lives or public employees who improved our lives,” American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten said in a press release obtained by The Daily Caller. …
… Weingarten, a frequent critic of economic inequality, makes at least $360,000 per year. This salary puts her squarely in the top 1 percent of all Americans.
She brings home $30,000 each month — or about $7,500 per week, or $1,500 per workday. By way of comparison, a typical American elementary school teacher earns $56,130 annually.
Thus, it takes Weingarten just over seven weeks to earn the entire salary of an average American teacher. Over the course of a year, Weingarten makes enough money to pay the full salaries of a half dozen of her union minions and buy a brand-new, nicely-appointed Volkswagen Golf.