California Teachers and Educators Endorse Campaign to Expand Rent Control Statewide

In Press Releases by Affordable Housing Act

California Teachers Association, United Teachers of Los Angeles and the Oakland Education Association Endorse Campaign to Repeal Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act

Tired of excessive rent increases and commuting long hours to get to work, California’s teachers and educators have come together to endorse the Affordable Housing Act, a statewide initiative to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and expand rent control protections across the state.

Among the teacher and educator unions coming together to endorse the Affordable Housing Act:  the California Teachers Association, the United Teachers of Los Angeles, and the Oakland Education Association.

“Teachers are vital to our communities, yet we continue to devalue their work and charge them excessive rents to teach our children. These endorsements are a sign that enough is enough. Let’s respect teachers and keep them in their homes and in our classrooms doing what they do best, teaching our children,” said Amy Schur of ACCE Action and the Coalition for Affordable Housing, the group behind the Affordable Housing Act.   

Founded in 1863, the California Teachers Association has become one of the strongest advocates for educators in the country. CTA includes teachers, counselors, school librarians, social workers, psychologists, and nurses. These educators in the K-12 school system are joined by community college faculty, California State University faculty, and education support professionals to make CTA the most inclusive and most powerful voice of educators in the state.

“California teachers all across the state are dealing with high rental and housing prices; some are even struggling to stay in their homes.  This is an urgent problem that must be addressed and we need solutions now. Expanding rent control could keep thousands of teachers in their homes and teaching children who live in their own communities,” said California Teachers Association President Eric Heins.

United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) was created in 1970 from more than a dozen different organizations representing teachers and support service personnel throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), America’s second largest school district. A merger of the two major rival groups, American Federation of Teachers Local #1021 and the Association of Classroom Teachers of Los Angeles in that year succeeded in bringing all non-administrative, certificated personnel under the one banner of UTLA and its affiliates, the California Teachers Association (CTA), the National Education Association (NEA), and the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO

“Teachers and educators in Los Angeles can spend as much as half their salaries on rent, if they can even afford to live in the city. Some of our teachers have to commute long hours just to get to work. But we’re not the only ones with this difficulty. We also work with many families and students struggling to stay in their homes. We need to say enough is enough and implement measures that better protect students, teachers and families. Implementing rent control is a strong first step. We strongly endorse the Affordable Housing Act,” said Alex Caputo Pearl, President of the United Teachers of Los Angeles.

The Oakland Education Association is the exclusive bargaining agent for teachers, counselors, nurses, psychologists, librarians, speech pathologists, social workers and substitute teachers in K-12, Early Childhood and Adult Education in the Oakland Unified School District.

“Many of our teachers must commute hours to get to work so they can afford a roof over their head. Excellent teachers are leaving Oakland to teach elsewhere because of the cost of housing. This is absurd. Let’s return power back to local communities to make rental decisions that are right for them. Let’s keep teachers in our communities teaching our kids,” said Keith Brown, Oakland Education Association President-Elect

The Affordable Housing Act is an initiative on the November ballot to repeal the state’s Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and return power to local communities to adopt rent control necessary to address the state’s housing affordability crisis. Costa-Hawkins prevents cities and counties from applying rent control on apartments built after 1995 or to single-family rental units and condos. It also allows landlords to raise the rent as much as they want when a unit becomes vacant.