Montgomery County, Maryland, where I live, is one of the nation’s richest counties, thanks to its proximity to the capital of the empire. A local newspaper reports,

The core belief for Prouty and members of the MCEA is that the value of their annual salaries and benefits is commensurate with the value the county has placed, monetarily and philosophically, on strong public schools.

Read the whole story. Note some of the figures. The average employee’s salary is over $60,000, and that does not include benefits. Average compensation in total is almost surely over $100,000. And there is one employee for every 7 students (the majority of employees are not in the classroom.)

The MCEA is the local teachers’ union. If teacher salaries reflect the will of the people, then why does the union have to engage in political activity at all?