While teachers are often forced to pay onerous dues into a union they may not care to join, teacher union executives continue to enjoy the high life.
Take the case of Patricia Frost-Brooks, who left her position as president of the Ohio Education Association a year short of her six-year contract, according to MediaTrackers.
In the five years she served, Frost-Brooks took in $998,949, money raised from the $450 in annual dues required from each teacher, whether he can afford it or not.
In its annual report, the union disclosed that its 2012 revenue was over $58 million, which not only paid Frost-Brooks’ handsome salary, but also more than $900 million in pay for the union’s other officers during the same five-year period, MediaTrackers reported.
Gov. John Kasich has so far been unsuccessful in trying to turn Ohio into a right-to-work state, according to Cleveland.com. So unless he prevails, teachers will be forced to join unions, pay dues and support the lifestyle of union officers.
And what of states where teachers are allowed to opt out of union membership? They don’t always have their voices heard, either.
Even though Colorado, like Ohio, is a union state, teachers can opt out of union membership and dues payments, but they have to do so in writing each year.
If they miss the narrow, two-week window to opt out, or if the union claims it didn’t receive the opt-out letter, surprise! You’re a union member.
Watch what happened when Colorado teacher Becky Robertson tried to exercise her opt-out right, and be prepared to have steam come out of your ears.
Happy Labor Day.