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Union President Attacks “Austerity-Mongers” in Speech at Jamaica Resort

posted at 12:38 pm on August 22, 2013 by

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten delivered the keynote speech last Monday at the annual conference of the Jamaica Teachers Association, held at the Sunset Jamaica Grande resort in Ocho Rios. She used the occasion to draw parallels between AFT’s enemies and those of the JTA.

“I call them ‘austerity-mongers’,” Weingarten said. “They say that education is really important, but then, when we say that family poverty makes a difference, they say that’s an excuse.”

Weingarten chose an unfortunate time and place to go after the heartless money-grubbers. The biggest issue currently facing the 24,000-member Jamaica Teachers Association is the disappearance and apparent embezzlement of at least $52 million from its accounts.

The teacher delegates were further dismayed when it was revealed that the extent of the fraud could, in fact, reach $112 million, as the auditor’s report showed that amount in difference between it and the organisation’s financial statements.

According to the JTA financial statements, the organisation made a surplus of $72 million for the period. However, the auditor’s report reflected a deficit of $40 million.

“How come we don’t hear of anybody being fired or anybody resigning?” one delegate questioned. Another suggested that persons be jailed for the fraud.

That’s a possible theft of $4,667 per member. Four employees of the union’s account department were placed on paid leave during the investigation, with one person of interest, Marlon Francis, still at-large. He is being sought by the Fraud Squad.

It’s not known whether Weingarten offered any advice to JTA from her wealth of experience on how to deal with union fraud, but JTA seems to have learned American communications strategy pretty well. There is no mention of the missing funds on JTA’s web site.

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Union President Attacks “Austerity-Mongers” in Speech at Jamaica Resort

I think I’d prefer to be called Aus-mo. It sounds cooler.

Flange on August 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

So union business includes a paid trip to a Jamaican resort? Time for another round of austerity.

blammm on August 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

wow mon! The Jamaican teacher’s union can lose $112 million dollars and still hold their meeting at a resort like that? Funny they got to listen to a bitchfest on austerity isn’t it?

pass the dutchie to the left

DanMan on August 22, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Musta been the ganga, mon… sumtin came over me and I lost all my kool. Rasta, bra!

ExpressoBold on August 22, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Just a note that all money references are to Jamaican dollars. The total fraud is about $1.1 million U.S.

Mike Antonucci on August 22, 2013 at 3:36 PM

with one person of interest, Marlon Francis, still at-large. He is being sought by the Fraud Squad.

FRAUD SQUAD…

IN COLOR!

U.S. version – starring Eric Holder as Lt. Frank Drebin!

Marcola on August 22, 2013 at 3:52 PM

wow mon! The Jamaican teacher’s union can lose $112 million dollars and still hold their meeting at a resort like that? Funny they got to listen to a bitchfest on austerity isn’t it?

pass the dutchie to the left

DanMan on August 22, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Well to be fair, that isn’t the best resort in Ochi.

Sans Souci is much nicer.

As is Jamaica Inn

And GoldenEye was once the home of Ian Fleming and is now owned by Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records.

Del Dolemonte on August 22, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Austerity-Mongers!!

ooo. I am having mating urges.

Mongerel on August 22, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Austerity-Mongers? He must be talking about Obama, who just warned that we could run out of money–no really he did!

Women, children, and “‘BO’ flights to the Islands” hit hardest…..

Don L on August 23, 2013 at 6:17 AM

Let them eat cake…so says limousine liberal

jaywemm on August 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM