The activities of COPE are managed by the COPE committee which consists of a Chairperson and active union members in good standing from each of our represented campuses. The COPE committee meets as needed to address political issues threatening to impact the membership, and to prepare political strategies for securing stronger rights for workers, better pay, and safer working conditions.
Our current COPE chair is Paula Munoz.
- What does C.O.P.E Stand For?
COPE is an acronym for the Committee on Political Education. It is our union’s voluntary bi-partisan Political Action Committee used for political and legislative activities. We hold politicians accountable at every level of government, and help our union build the political power to win strong contracts, better benefits and pass laws to protect our jobs.
Our Union does not use your Union dues for political contributions or activities. COPE was established for this purpose.
- Why Is the AFT Local 1828 Involved in Politics?
Public Employee collective bargaining rights, job security, working conditions, and benefits are decided by elected officials. To do an effective job in collective bargaining, AFT Local 1828 must be involved in electing candidates to school boards, city councils, county commissions, Governor, State Legislature, President, and Congress, who value, who believe in, and who will stand up for working family issues at the decision making table.
- How is the Money Used
All COPE money goes into the AFT Local 1828 Political Account for use in local, state, and federal activities only. It does not become part of the general treasury. COPE money is used not only for contributions to candidates, but also voter registration efforts, lobbying, and get-out-the-vote efforts. Funds are also used to introduce and pass legislation that protects AFT members and their families.
- Who does the AFT Local 1828 Support?
AFT Local 1828 supports pro-education, and pro-labor candidates in local, state and federal election campaigns. We are a non-partisan organization and support both Republicans and Democrats who support our issues.