Dennis Van Roekel was paid $389,620 in fiscal year 2012 as president of the National Education Association (NEA), America's largest labor union. Van Roekel was one of 14 NEA bosses paid more than $250,000 with dues taken from teachers in Ohio and other forced-unionism states as a condition of employment.
Based on union filings with the U.S. Department of Labor, 436 NEA employees were paid over $100,000 from September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2012. Full-time teachers across Ohio were forced to pay NEA $178 - in addition to $425 in Ohio Education Association (OEA) dues - during the 2011-2012 school year.
As current union contracts expire, Michigan's new workplace freedom law will make Michigan the 24th state to protect the right of educators to choose whether they contribute to the following NEA paychecks.
- Dennis Van Roekel, President: $389,620
- John Stocks, Executive Director: $379,260
- Becky Pringle, Secretary-Treasurer: $332,539
- Lily Eskelsen, Vice President: $332,390
- Andrew Linebaugh, Director: $312,479
- Cynthia Swann, Sr. Policy Advisor: $296,833
- Donna Healy-Dean, Director: $282,244
- Ronald Henderson, Director: $266,700
- Sara Campen, Organizational Specialist: $257,716
- Barry Melamed, Associate Director: $256,381
- Ht Nguyen, State Affiliate Executive Director: $255,646
- W McLaurin, Director: $254,636
- Michael McPherson, Chief Financial Officer: $251,635
- Michael Kahn, Associate Project Director: $250,684
Although NEA and state affiliates like OEA pressure teachers to support "progressive" politicians, dozens of NEA employees are too wealthy by the standards of President Obama and Democrats in Congress.
The president has long sought to increase taxes on household incomes exceeding $250,000 and individual incomes exceeding $200,000.
Including the 14 NEA bosses listed above, 53 of the union's staff and officers were paid in excess of $200,000 in the most recent fiscal year.
- Michael Simpson, Attorney: $249,825
- Leona Hiraoka, Director: $245,758
- Al-Tony Gilmore, Associate Project Director: $244,670
- Nathan Allen, Organizational Specialist: $241,356
- John Wilson, Former Executive Director: $240,538
- Barby Halstead-Worrell, Senior Director: $235,349
- Frances Beard, Associate Director: $231,129
- Alice O'Brien, General Counsel: $228,719
- Thomas Blanford, Associate Director: $225,320
- Karen White, Senior Director: $224,809
- Willard Raabe, Senior Director: $223,443
- Earl Wiman, Executive Committee: $219,481
- Armand Tiberio, Regional Director: $218,396
- Douglas Walker, Associate Director: $217,851
- Daniel Hand, Director: $217,568
- Bill Thompson, Senior Director: $215,719
- David Duvall, Regional Director: $214,353
- Lisa Nentl-Bloom, Organizational Specialist: $212,857
- Kimberly Anderson, Senior Director: $211,263
- Elizabeth Daise, Manager: $211,030
- Daaiyah Bilal-Threats, Senior Director: $210,260
- Maurice Joseph, Deputy General Counsel: $209,525
- Kathleen Lyons, Regional Director: $209,159
- Bouy Te, Director: $208,658
- Robin Butterfield, Senior Prog./Policy Specialist/Analyst: $207,775
- Laura Gross, Senior Prog./Policy Specialist/Analyst: $206,696
- Segun Eubanks, Director: $206,646
- Robert Eagan, Organizational Specialist: $206,612
- Janet Dade, Director: $206,314
- Candace Lilyquist, Organizational Specialist: $205,880
- Kenneth Farrell, Manager: $205,172
- Katherine Mattos, Communications Counsel: $203,645
- Michael Edwards, Associate Director: $203,455
- Stephen Behrer, Senior Prog./Policy Specialist/Analyst: $203,316
- James Hristakos, Producer/Director (Broadcast Media): $202,557
- Linda Cabral, Associate Director: $202,487
- Timothy Dedman, Regional Director: $202,242
- Roxanne Dove, Director: $201,654
- Corina Cortez, Manager: $200,767
NEA and OEA argue that "good paying jobs" require forced unionism - which is true when the "good paying jobs" in question are union positions paid for with mandatory dues.
Cross-posted from Media Trackers Ohio.