Teachers union boss Randi Weingarten called for a “living wage” today, but didn’t mention her ballooning incoming while teacher pay goes down…
President of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten called Monday for a “living wage” in the United States as one of the factors that could help children succeed in life.
“One speech cannot encompass everything we need to do for children, families and communities. We need to fight for a living wage, for retirement security, for affordable and accessible healthcare and college, and for universal pre-K, to name a few,” Weingarten told the National Press Club.
Weingarten’s stance on raising wages came off as a little hypocritical given how her salaries have increased while the teachers she represents have seen their pay fall. According to the Washington Free Beacon, Weingarten saw her pay shoot up about $115,000 from 2009 to 2013, while in the same period, the average teacher’s salary fell by about 4%.
Undaunted by her frank hypocrisy, Weingarten continued her speech to imply that Betsy DeVos, nominee for the Secretary of Education, was guilty of the same crime as she. “You can’t just talk the talk – you’ve got to walk the walk…For a Secretary of Education doing all you can to strenghten and improve public education. To do that, you have to…be willing to walk the walk,” Weingarten said in her speech.
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