But they don’t stand for that anymore – now they stand for enriching those at the top of the organization at the expense of the workers they’re supposed to represent.
Nothing epitomizes this more than the salary of MEA-MFT union president Eric Feaver.
I’m sorry, but is making $125,000 a year going to help those struggling teachers in Montana? I don’t think so…I think it’ll hurt them. Here are 3 reasons why:
- When people know that you make $125,000 a year but those you represent only make a fraction of that, it creates animosity;
- When union bosses need to be paid more than those they represent, those they represent will be paid less and mean less;
- It’s a political liability for Democrats.
$125,000 a year translates into $9,600 a month or $500 a week or about $62.50 per hour, depending on how many holidays are taken. And something tells me Feaver takes a lot. Not even our state bigwigs are paid that much. (UM President Engstrom gets more).
An article like this could cost me. I met with MEA-MFT earlier this year for an endorsement meeting for my candidacy. Something tells me if I go to another meeting I’ll once again lose out on the endorsement.
Thank fucking God!
I like the idea of teachers getting paid decently, but this is pathetic, you know it, I know it, Feaver knows it. Oh, he’ll shout to the heavens and try to justify it – do you expect less? – but we both know this stinks something fierce. Hell, the guy doesn’t even know what college students go through – MSU just gave him a doctorate in 1999! (Where are his books? Oh, sorry, that’s right – if you can’t do…teach).
It’s just wrong, I’m sorry, and I know there are those that say, “well gosh darn, if you pull yourself up by your bootstraps and can make that much money then good for you.”
Do you ever get into a situation where you can’t quite defend what you’re saying, you know you’re right, but perhaps there are so many arguments coming against you, so many bigheads pointing out fallacies, so much backlash that you just don’t know what to say to it?
This is where thoughts begin to enter the realm of belief. I may not know something, but damn it, deep down I believe in it. I may not be able to prove it but something tells me it’s just right.
When you see situations like this guy Feaver getting paid $125,000 a year you know deep down that’s just not right…you believe it.
Belief is a powerful thing, it’s hard to combat, and when your side believes in what you’re doing it’s nearly impossible to lose.
I guess I should probably just believe that Eric Feaver will work 4 times as hard as anyone else in the state because he gets paid so much more than they. Why don’t I believe that? Probably because so many get paid so much less!
For comparison’s sake, let’s just take a look at who makes $125,000 a year, shall we?
- College football players;
- People who can sell 30 cars;
- 36-year old NASA probes;
- The average stripper in Atlanta;
That’s quite a bit of money that all those folks are making, but how much do teachers make in America and in Montana? Few are making $125,000 a year – I can tell you that right now. In 2011 in New York they had some charter schools discussing that, but honestly, I’m not sure it went anywhere (some administrators might make that much – we know how important they are).
According to U.S. News & World Report, the average high school teacher in America today is making $57,770 while elementary school teachers make $56,130. Counselors are more important than teachers – you figured that out in high school, right? – and that means they get paid $40 more a year, or $56,170.
What about in Montana, where Eric Feaver is making so much money to ensure teachers are making, well, so much money?
According to the National Education Association, in 2011-2012, Montana teachers were making $26,734 a year, on average. In the country as a whole that year the average pay was $35,672 a year. The highest was the District of Columbia ($51,539) while the lowest was…Montana. Fuck, even Idaho got $29,915!
Teacher Portal has some further great stats, such as these right here for Montana:
I know that I’ve got the people on my side on this one. Eric Feaver has the Republican fat cats on his. After all, what’s he going to want – a tax cut for teachers making $26,734 or those like him making six figures?
I might not get an endorsement from MEA-MFT, but on every whistle stop I make I can hold up that notebook with that large “$125,000” written in red and people will nod their heads and say, ‘yep, he’s right.’
So will Eric Feaver just take a 50% cut in pay, down to $62,500…something more in line with what people here make? I highly, highly doubt it.
And that really should force you to question, ‘who is this man really trying to help,’ which in turn leads you to the question, ‘does MEA-MFT really care about me?’
Well, does it?