Article from Mexican Labor News & Analysis
Published by UE International.

Date published: April 2016

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Teachers Union Official and Family Buy $8.2 Million in Miami Condos

Bernardo Quezada Salas, a high level official of the Mexican Teachers Union (el SNTE), and members of his family, spent US$8.2 million in the last dozen years to buy condos in luxury buildings in Miami, Florida, according to a story in the Miami Herald by Niholas Nehamas and Tim Johnson.

Quezada became a member of the teachers union in 1986, holding a variety of positions through 2015, including head of Local 60 of the union at National Polytechnic Institute (IPN). Throughout those years, his salary was about US$2,500 per month. How then could he have acquired the millions that he has spent in Florida?

Elba Esther Gordillo, former head of the union for many years, previously stole US$200 million in union funds, leading to her imprisonment. She owned homes not only in Mexico City but also in Paris, Buenos Aires, and San Diego, California.

Quezada Salas has not been accused or indicted for any crime, as of yet.

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