For more information on COPE and how you can get involved contact: Andy Jacob, Political Director (303-727-8020).
What is COPE?
COPE is an acronym for the Committee on Political Education. It’s 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.
Why Is SEIU Involved in Politics?
Collective bargaining rights, job security, working conditions and benefits are decided by elected officials. To do an effective job in collective bargaining, SEIU 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 worker issues at the decision making table.
How is the Money Used?
All COPE money goes into SEIU’s Political Account for use in local, state, and federal activities only. It does not become part of the general treasury. A portion goes to the SEIU federal PAC at the International office for use in Congressional or U.S. Senate races. 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 SEIU members and their families.
The Emerging Latino Block and SEIU Local 105
As one of the largest immigrant organizations in the state of Colorado, SEIU Local 105 has been helping lead the charge to register new immigrant voters, stem the tide of anti-immigrant legislation, and push for comprehensive immigration reform. And, if the 2008 and 2010 elections were any indication, here in Colorado these efforts are paying off!
To see just how important these efforts will be to electing pro-worker politicians in 2012 and beyond watch this great presentation by Marcelo Gaete talking about the emerging Latino voting block: