A little serendipity on a Friday…
I finished yesterday’s post on the Clark County union dispute with “It’s just an educated guess, but I’m pretty sure a majority of members had no idea they were paying dues to NSEA and NEA.”
The Clark County Education Association responded with this tweet:
And that’s exactly what our 2017 springtime member survey indicated:
— Clark County Education Association (@cceanv) January 18, 2018
I finished last week’s column on the salaries of national teacher union officers landing them in the top 1% of wage-earners with “But the unions have fallen prey to the all-too-common definition of the rich as ‘anyone who makes more money than I do’.”
Yesterday the American Federation of Teachers tweeted this about a Randi Weingarten speech:
The powers that be nationally have decided that inequality and inequity is not so bad. If we give this tremendous break to the richest .01 of 1.0%, that will trickle down to increasing wages to workers – doesn’t matter that that has never happened before @rweingarten at #AFTCSI
— AFT (@AFTunion) January 18, 2018
Weingarten’s $472,197 salary places her in the top 0.6% of wage earners in the United States, a cohort that includes about 800,000 individuals. If I understand her math correctly, she is now only worried about the 136 highest wage-earners in the U.S.
After the AFT tweet, the very next tweet that came up in my timeline was this:
Wealthy exodus to escape new tax rules worries California Democrats https://t.co/8ZCAgWDeyE
— Christopher Cadelago (@CapitolAlert) January 18, 2018
The linked story tells us “Democratic state lawmakers are worried because California relies so heavily on the income taxes it collects from high earners to fund government services. The state’s wealthiest 1 percent, for instance, pay 48 percent of its income tax, and the departure of just a few families could lead to a noticeable hit to state general fund revenue.”
The usual government approach should remedy this problem: just grab hold of the slightly less rich and work your way down to the middle class.