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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Jim Riley got his own fiscal house in order so he could retire. Now he wonders why his city government can’t do the same for their employees, and taxpayers who could end with huge bills from the unfunded retirement liabilities.

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