Intercepts

A listening post monitoring public education and teachers’ unions.

Bad Day for Local Officers

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Feb• 18•15

Orange County, Florida –  [Background here]:

Some teachers are crying out in opposition to their union president, and one teacher is sending out a flier titled, “Our union is in crisis,” which has a petition to recall Moore attached.

…That national union organization investigated an allegation that Moore spent $91,000 in union funds without approval from the board of directors.

AFT said Moore likely did not pocket any of the money, but found a serious breach of controls and said there should be no more credit cards allowed for now.

They also found Moore was trying to place allies in helpful positions and went around the board to get what she wanted.

* Plum, Pennsylvania:

For the second time in less than a week, police have arrested and accused a Plum High School teacher of having sex with a student.

Joseph J. Ruggieri, 40, of Plum, is an English teacher and vice president of the Plum Borough Education Association that represents the district’s 268 teachers.

Plum police arrested Ruggieri about 7 p.m. Tuesday in his home, Chief Jeffrey Armstrong said. Ruggieri is charged with one count each of institutional sexual assault and corruption of minors.

The student told police she had sex with Ruggieri in his home more than once, according to a criminal complaint, which did not provide her age but said she was a minor. They began talking on the phone and sending text messages in late 2014.

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Will Teachers’ Unions Exit Stage Left?

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Feb• 17•15

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Union Protesters Demand Action From House… An Actual House

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Feb• 17•15

The Milwaukee Teachers Education Association is very proud of its march and rally yesterday at the “home” of Gov. Scott Walker in Wauwatosa. It has an article on its web site, loads of photos on its Twitter feed, and links to local newspaper coverage.

The governor wasn’t there, but his son, Alex, was. He tweeted this message:

Yep. Here are the targets of union wrath:

One commenter sums it up better than I can:

So they know the governor isn’t there, but they came by to yell at the house. With a megaphone in case the house was hard of hearing. “Hey governor’s house, when your owner gets back tell him we’re upset. You got that, house? Yeah, just stand there with your shingles and gutters and act like you don’t hear me. You better be writing this down.”

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Happy Presidents’ Day!

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Feb• 16•15

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Federal Education Association’s Finances

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Feb• 13•15

The Federal Education Association is an NEA affiliate representing employees in U.S. Department of Defense schools both here and abroad.

Total membership – 6,354, down 90

Total revenue – $2.7 million (89% came from member dues), down $58,000

Budget surplus – $142,000

Net assets – $1.8 million

Total staff – 8

Staff salaries and benefits – $1.2 million

Highest paid employee – Michael Priser, president, $91,959 base salary

Highest paid contractor – None received more than $100,000

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New Simple Majority Election Ordered in Las Vegas

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Feb• 12•15

The Nevada Employee Management Relations Board called for a new election in Las Vegas to represent education support employees and this time a simple majority of those voting will decide the question.

Teamsters Local 14 won 71 percent of the vote in the most recent election, but were unable to unseat the NEA-affiliated Education Support Employees Association (ESEA) because the rules required a majority of the 11,258 members in the bargaining unit. Only 5,190 workers voted in total.

The new election won’t be scheduled until the fall, giving ESEA plenty of time to mount legal challenges, since its odds of winning a simple majority are slim.

If the Teamsters are able to win, the loss of the ESEA local would reduce membership in the Nevada State Education Association by approximately 25 percent.

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Wyoming Education Association’s Finances

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Feb• 12•15

Here are the figures for the Wyoming Education Association.

Total membership – 6,318, down 89

Total revenue – $3 million (89% came from member dues), down $240,000

Budget deficit – $240,000

Net assets – $2.2 million

Total staff – 18

Staff salaries and benefits – $1.9 million

Highest paid employee – Ron Sniffin, executive director, $131,969 base salary

Highest paid contractor – None received more than $100,000

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