Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Look for the union libel

One wouldn't normally expect to hear it from the Chicago Teachers' Union president. But it's an election campaign;
In an interview Tuesday, [Karen]  Lewis said she didn’t break her promise not to make more as union president than Chicago’s highest-paid teacher makes, saying her CTU salary is for working the full year, rather than a 39-week school year.
And make it, she does;
Lewis isn’t as wealthy as [Mayor Rahm] Emanuel, a multimillionaire who made his fortune during a short stint as an investment banker. But she makes more than $200,000 a year and has an ownership interest in three homes, records show.
She owns, with her husband, three homes, including one in Hawaii. Made possible by her multiple employers;
The CTU reported to the Internal Revenue Service that it paid Lewis $136,890, plus $18,687 in “nontaxable benefits,” for the year ending June 30, 2013.
In addition to her Chicago union post, Lewis also serves as executive vice president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, based in Westmont.
The IFT’s most recently available tax filings show it paid Lewis a base salary in 2013 of $64,157, plus $16,039 in “other compensation.” That was for benefits, an IFT spokeswoman said.
Nice work....

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