In a recent video, MEA Secretary-Treasurer Rick Trainor tells members, “No matter what they tell you, we exist to fight for you.” Trainor’s salary was $109,911 in 2013 with a total compensation of $142,287. The average teacher salary was $62,530 in 2013, according to the Michigan Department of Education.

For the Record says: According to the 2013 LM-2 filing with the US. federal government, the MEA collected $133.4 million and spent just $14.2 million on “representational activities” that year. They spent $9.3 million on "political activities and lobbying," $54.6 million on general overhead, $20.8 million on benefits and $5.9 million on union administration.

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As cash-strapped government looks to cigarettes for tax revenue, the public responds by more illegally transporting smokes across state borders. Smugglers and thieves target stores and businesses and the benefits to state coiffures and public health are questionable.

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