The United Federation of Teachers has spent $110,000 to charter buses and an Amtrak train — five cars, non-stop — to ferry members to a rally coinciding with the opening of the national memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The disclosure appeared on the organization’s July-August lobbying report. The initial rally was scheduled for Aug. 29, but was postponed until October 15 due to the impacts of Hurricane Irene. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said “over 4,000″ were being transported to a Jobs for Justice rally, including around 2,000 union members and another 2,000 people from churches and community groups.
“If people expressed any interest, we said we’d be more than happy to supply transportation,” Mulgrew said. “It’s an historic event … we think it’s very important and we wanted to do a Jobs for Justice rally because we all believe that if Dr. King were still with us, he’d be standing right with us saying the same thing. I’m more than happy to help them out.”
But … a train?