Big Apple Teacher Union Bosses Live It Up at Forced Dues-Paying Teachers' Expense

Wall Street bonuses were way down in 2012, and now the Big Apple faces a bill of $33 billion just to repair housing and infrastructure damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.  But top bosses of the Manhattan-based United Federation of Teachers (UFT/AFT/AFL-CIO) union continued over the past year to live the good life at the expense of forced dues-paying teachers and other K-12 school employees, as the New York Post reports:

More than 90 staffers earned six-figure salaries between July 2011 and June 2012, the records show — including President Michael Mulgrew, who took home $275,000.

The union, which bumped its income from membership dues by $3 million in 2012 — to $129 million — spent nearly $1 million just on training for union staffers at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester.

The union also spent more than $1 million for one company, Lackmann Culinary Services, to cater food for its various meetings and events. That feasting didn’t even include the pasta payout of nearly $18,000 to Ravioli FAIR Caterers in Brooklyn.

An additional $1 million was spent at splashy conferences and events at the New York Hilton, the Helmsley Hotel and The Waldorf Astoria, according to labor filings submitted to the federal government.

EXCLUSIVE: Teachers union spends lots of membership dues on