Intercepts

A listening post monitoring public education and teachers’ unions.

North Dakota United’s Finances

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Apr• 12•16

These are new benchmark figures for North Dakota United. The increases in membership and revenue are due to the North Dakota Education Association merging with the AFT affiliate in the state. We can expect membership to remain stable at or around 10,000, but the merged organization is reliant on national subsidies to a relatively high degree.

Total membership – 10,514, up 1,538 members

Total revenue – $4 million (73.2% came from member dues), up $1.1 million

Surplus – $352,000

Net assets – $2.2 million

Total staff – 24

Staff salaries and benefits – $2.1 million

Highest paid employee – Armand Tiberio, former executive director – $153,825 base salary

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

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Schrödinger’s Union President

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Apr• 11•16

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“Hey! We Are Nominee”

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Apr• 11•16

Wendell Steinhauer is the president of the New Jersey Education Association, at least through the end of the 2016-17 school year. But he already has the ball rolling on his next campaign – for what, we’re not sure (maybe secretary-treasurer), but here are some screen caps from his campaign web site.

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In case it’s a little hard to read, it says, “Hey! We Are Nominee. Ideological Leader For Youth Generation.”

Wendell Steinhauer

Under “Our Mission And Vision,” it states, “Collaboratively disseminate wireless innovation with standards compliant e-business. Phosfluorescently expedite function products via premium action items.” He will also “efficiently orchestrate resource sucking human capital whereas future-proof outsourcing. Credibly actualize one-to-one meta-services.”

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Steinhauer’s abilities are rated as 95% serving and 90% conviction.

Good luck in your campaign, Mr. Steinhauer. May you interactively matrix cross-media methods of empowerment without fully.

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I Have An Alibi

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Apr• 08•16

From Bloomberg.com:

In a rare twist, the first Friday of the month wasn’t the most exciting day for the Bureau of Labor Statistics this time around.

On Monday afternoon, a man was seen creeping along a second-floor ledge of a BLS building in Washington, D.C. When federal officers arrived, the suspect was inside, having gained entry by breaking a window, according to BLS spokeswoman Megan Kindelan, who described the event as a “security incident.”

It isn’t yet clear who the man is or what he was after, but it looks like both his timing and his geography were off. The most coveted statistics of the month, the non-farm payrolls report, had already been released on Friday, and this particular facility housed only public data.

…If an intruder did manage to access high-profile economic data from the BLS ahead of time and undetected, he or she could conceivably profit by trading on embargoed information or selling it to evildoers. This one not only arrived on the wrong day, but was off by two bus stops.

The media “lockups” for the payrolls reports, at which press receive embargoed copies of economic data for use in preparing their reports, take place at the Frances Perkins Building, the Department of Labor’s headquarters. The BLS facility breached Monday is dedicated to staff research on productivity and technology.

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North Carolina Association of Educators’ Finances

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Apr• 07•16

The North Carolina Association of Educators lost more than 38 percent of its membership over the last 13 years. These losses push NCAE under the threshold for payroll deduction of dues, but the state of North Carolina appears unable to enforce the law.

Total membership – 39,448, down 3,727 members

Total revenue – $7 million (84.7% came from member dues), down $1.3 million

Deficit – $711,000

Net assets – $3.8 million

Total staff – 81

Staff salaries and benefits – $5.5 million

Highest paid employee – Joyce Jarrett, interim executive director – $143,062 base salary

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

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Sanders Win in Wisconsin: Sign of Union Strength or Union Weakness?

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Apr• 06•16

CNN Politics has a story this morning headlined “How Scott Walker helped Bernie Sanders win Wisconsin.” Reporters Gregory Krieg and Martin Savidge noted that voters from union households made up about a quarter of the Democratic electorate, and they went for Sanders by a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent.

Their thesis is the usual trope that union voters are so galvanized by defeat in 2011 they are turning out in droves for Sanders, the most progressive candidate.

This is a weak argument, made weaker by the multiple opportunities these same voters had to get rid of Gov. Walker himself, and failed to do so. But it’s particularly silly today, because virtually all of these voters belong to unions that endorsed Sanders’ opponent.

I’m repeating myself, but the principal reason unions endorse a candidate is not to persuade its own members to vote for him or her. It is to authorize the expenditure of union funds in support of the chosen candidate. Of course they want members to vote for Clinton, but even if they don’t, their money is being spent to encourage others to do so.

The fact that these folks are campaigning and voting for Sanders despite their dues going to the other candidate is a sign of union strength, writ large. They are devoted to his philosophy and are acting accordingly. But it is a sign of weakness for unions as currently constituted. Unions continually remind us that their political endorsements are expressions of the democratic will of the rank-and-file. How can it be that the other guy keeps winning?

The purpose of all this is to elect a President who will feel some sense of obligation and gratitude to the united and loyal interest group that helped provide victory. In that sense, the unions’ 2016 campaign has already been a failure.

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New York State United Teachers’ Finances

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Apr• 05•16

New York State United Teachers is the teacher union equivalent of “too big to fail.” In 2014 NYSUT increased revenues by $3.7 million and cut staff costs by $17 million and still ran a deficit of almost $14 million. Its gargantuan negative net worth is due to holding staff pension and post-retirement health care liabilities of an astronomical $400 million.

Total membership – 388,875, up 3,309 members

Total revenue – $137.4 million (88.4% came from member dues), up $3.7 million

Deficit – $13.8 million

Net assets – negative $313 million

Total staff – 562

Staff salaries and benefits – $101.6 million

Highest paid employee – Richard Iannuzzi, former president – $254,353 base salary

Highest paid contractorHerbert L. Jamison & Co. – $635,825

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