American Federation of Teachers, CCAC Local 2067 endorses Christine Allen for Allegheny County Council District 2
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 9:45 PM
For Immediate Release
Oct. 10, 2019
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The American Federation of Teachers, CCAC Local 2067 endorses Christine Allen for Allegheny County Council District 2.
PITTSBURGH, PA – The American Federation of Teachers, Local 2067, which represents 300 full and part-time teaching faculty at the Community College of Allegheny County, today announced the union’s endorsement of Christine Allen for Allegheny County Council District 2. Local 2067 believes her progressive platform of affordable and flexible transit options, clean air and water, and transparency in county governance is directly aligned with the goals of CCAC leadership, students and faculty.
Since 2000, more than 430,000 people aged 18 or older —one out of every three Allegheny County residents—have been students at CCAC. But state and county funding for CCAC has stayed flat or fallen during that time, even though CCAC returns $5.30 for every dollar invested in the college.
The Community College Act of 1963 limits the amount of total college revenue that can be raised through student tuition to no more than one-third. Yet student tuition accounts for 48% of the revenue in CCAC’s proposed 2019-20 operating budget because the state and county are not contributing their required share. The resulting budget shortfalls will continue to shift the financial burden disproportionately to students and their families without additional support from the state and, particularly, from the county.
Local 2067 supports Christine Allen because she is willing to take a stand for our students, and to work with county leadership to ensure that CCAC has the funding it needs. Ms. Allen comes from a family of hardworking millworkers, miners and military service members. As the first in her family to graduate from college, she understands that CCAC is an irreplaceable resource for County residents who want to improve their lives. “All of us deserve access to a high quality, affordable college education that’s close to home, so we can earn a living and build a life,” she says. “Allegheny County has been failing to live up to its agreement for appropriately funding CCAC.”
Ms. Allen recognizes that lawmakers cannot expect CCAC to provide inclusive, convenient, affordable, high quality workforce development and education opportunities, and then refuse to provide the funding the college needs to deliver on those expectations. The disconnect between resources and expectations has far-reaching implications. “Council’s failure to live up to its agreement to appropriately fund CCAC is tacit defunding, which reifies inequality and cements our appalling regional disparities into public policy,” Ms. Allen says. “This must be corrected.”