Denise Specht elected president of Minnesota's teachers union

  • Article by: Jeff Strickler , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 27, 2013 - 6:15 PM

Denise Specht ousted incumbent Tom Dooher, promising to repair relationships and rebuild what she says is low morale.

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squeezemeApr. 27, 13 1:06 PM

When I was reading this article, I was looking for the salary information about the teacher's union president. It was not in the article. Why not? Well, if you read the Star Tribune article "Six-figure Salaries Abound at State Teachers’ Union" published on Sept. 6, 2012, you will find that the previous president of "Education Minnesota" made nearly $191,000 in 2011. That is not quite enough to be considered a "one-percenter", but it is TRIPLE what the average teacher makes and is QUADRUPLE (or a little more) what the average Minnesotan earns. Read this little nugget from the Star Tribune article referenced above: "49 Education Minnesota staffers and three elected officers were paid more than $100,000 in fiscal year 2011."

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leadmanApr. 27, 13 2:06 PM

squeezeme-welcome to the reality of what this union is NOT about: better teachers, less bureaucracy and children with educations that can compete globally.

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mcoleman307Apr. 27, 13 2:32 PM

The Union president leads an organization of 70,000. Definitely justifiable for the president of that large of an organization. People who blame unions for poor teaching and student results are ignorant to reality. Thank you to President Dooher for your leadership on behalf of the teachers and students of this state!

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louie73Apr. 27, 13 2:57 PM

mncoleman307- The only thing I ever witnessed coming out of Tom Dooher mouth was MORE MONEY, MORE MONEY, It got so bad the last couple of years I could hardly stomach watching the state hockey tournament, Almost every commercial (MORE MONEY).

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mrzifelApr. 27, 13 3:08 PM

mccoleman is right on. Teachers are expected to negate the fact many kids are hungry when they get to school, have seen their parents duke it out in the kitchen before going to school and have no supervision when they get home. I know people in charge of leading 50 people and making 3 times what EM Presidents make. You get what you pay for usually. Check out Finland's #1 education system in the industrialize world. 97% of the teachers are in the Union. Its amazing how much people think they know about Unions. Most have never been in one or if they were they never went to Union meeting.

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mgmckeApr. 27, 13 3:25 PM

squeezeme: Education Minnesota is a private organization and ZERO tax dollars are used to support it. The rank and file pay dues and democratically make all decisions including the Presidents' salary.

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credboyApr. 27, 13 4:05 PM

Education Minnesota does nothing more than take $750 to $900 from every hard working teacher and fund a bloated payroll. Field reps make more than most public school principals. Let the impeding of innovation and throwing taxpayer money down the black hole of public education continue.

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luzhishenApr. 27, 13 4:15 PM

"The Union president leads an organization of 70,000. Definitely justifiable for the president of that large of an organization." The same types never complain when the head of an organization heavily dependent on taxpayer cash like Capella pays its CEO over 2 million for supervising far fewer people. Heck most of the members think it's worth it given the fact that the Union president has to fend off endless cheapshots from the envious, the ignorant, and plain old shills for the oligarchs.

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jcinmnApr. 27, 13 4:34 PM

mcoleman307 "The Union president leads an organization of 70,000. Definitely justifiable for the president of that large of an organization. People who blame unions for poor teaching and student results are ignorant to reality. Thank you to President Dooher for your leadership on behalf of the teachers and students of this state" Not a fair comparison at all. The 70,000 teachers did not work for him. This makes me understand why very few of my wife's teacher associates chose to join Education Minnesota especially when the local union cowers before the board of education.

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jcinmnApr. 27, 13 4:40 PM

What is Tom Dooer going to do now with his stash of more than $1 mil? Considering that a union official is high risk position for someone who enjoyed 14 years of job protection as a teacher and 7 years as a high paid representative of 70,000 teachers can he survive on slightly more than $1 mil.? Hopefully he invested well and did not risk his stash in GWB's stock market.

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