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ACC-AFT Committee on Political Education (COPE) bylaws

ACC-AFT's Committee on Political Education (COPE) is our political General Purpose PAC.

Our COPE fund is supplied by voluntary contributions made by members.

COPE is not funded by Member dues money.

Click here to see our COPE Rules & bylaws

Mission Statement

We have adopted a "Statement of Purpose" that succinctly summarizes everything that we as a local union chapter of TexasAFT & AFT stands for. The statement follows.

ACC/AFT Statement of Purpose

The purposes of the Austin Community College/American Federation of Teachers
Organizing Committee will be:

ACCAFT's history

Several concerned ACC employees met one afternoon in September, 1998, to organize a local chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL/CIO. Representatives of the Texas Federation of Teachers and the Austin Federation of Teachers explained the purpose, structure, and strategy of a union of employees in higher education.

About Texas AFT

Texas AFT is the Texas State Affiliate of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers and represents more than 65,000 members statewide.

About AFT Higher Education

AFT is the largest higher education union in the country, representing over 130,000 higher education faculty, professional staff and graduate employees. The AFT higher education department mission is to help our affiliates and their members prosper in the face of political, economic and technological forces challenging the most basic assumptions about the union's role on campus.

History of the AFT

Learn the history of the AFT, including the union's founding in Chicago in 1916, its affiliation with the AFL-CIO, its battles for workers and human rights and its continued work to uphold the proud traditions on which the union was created.

AFT Mission Statement

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

About the AFT

Learn more about the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers and is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.