Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Do You Feel as Lucky as a Union Boss?

Yesterday, our project challenged teachers and New York Post readers to test how their salary stacks up to that of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. Noting that on St. Patrick’s Day (and every other day) Weingarten is “Seeing Green” from her $557,000-plus salary and expenses package, we’re showing the following ad:AFT_NY_POST_StPatty_FINAL_OL

You can also see how your salary stacks up by using our calculator. You’ll learn:

  • Where your pay ranks among the AFT’s headquarters employees, 185 of whom make six figures;
  • What your salary equates to as a percentage of Randi’s total half-million-plus haul; and
  • How many multiples of your salary the AFT spends on lobbying and politics.

So head on over to and take the challenge. Then ask Randi why—despite making roughly 10 times what the Department of Education reports the average public schoolteacher makes—she opposes reforms that would give the best teachers more money.

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