Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lifestyles of the rich and famous: The United Federation of Teacher's lavish spending

Question: With 5,000 city teachers facing possible layoff, what do you thing the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) would do?  
Answer: Party like it is 1999, of course!
New York Daily News: As nearly 5,000 city teachers face the ax, their union shells out millions of dollars on feasting, boozing and partying, the Daily News has learned.
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. [MORE]
That is just the tip of the iceberg, see the rest of the abuses in the full article.  The best part is the UFT's president's response:
"I'm not going to apologize for spending money to service our members," said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.
"These people are heroes dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our children. They never get the respect they deserve. A cup of coffee, a bottle of water and a few parking spots is the least we can do for them."

Funny how all you hear about in NYC is how the teachers have no money, yet here is their union throwing  lavish parties at the Waldorf_Astoria!  Perhaps these teachers would have a little more money if they weren't blowing big bucks on union dues. 
Via: Memeorandum

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