Chicago teacher’s union head makes more than many of the ‘rich white people’ she decries

Chicago teacher’s union head makes more than many of the ‘rich white people’ she decries

As Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis considers a run for mayor, it’s worth examining a major campaign promise she has already broken.

As the Sun-Times recently noted, in June 2010, when Lewis was campaigning for the top post of the Chicago Teachers Union, she slammed two-time incumbent Marilyn Stewart for her $295,000-a-year compensation, earned between her CTU presidency and her treasurer post at the Illinois Federation of Teachers.

“How can you criticize [Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron] Huberman for making $230,000 a year during these hard times if you’re making so much more than your members?” Lewis said, vowing to keep her salary below that of the highest-paid Chicago teacher.

Four years later: “Chicago Public Schools’ payroll records show no teacher makes as much as Lewis’ $136,890 CTU base salary,” the Sun-Times reports.

Lewis also made $18,687 in 2013 in other compensation from the Chicago Teachers Union and its related organizations, according to IRS filings. And as an executive vice president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, Lewis brought in a total of $80,196 in salary and benefits in 2013.

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