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COPE - The Committee on Political Education - is the political action committee for the Washington Teachers’ Union. COPE enables WTU to engage the membership in both creating our political agenda and in making meaningful financial contributions to support candidates who will champion our legislative agenda.
We have several goals that we strive to accomplish:
It is made up and run by WTU members. To keep COPE strong and competitive, a payroll deduction of $1 or more will make you an active member. The WTU is not allowed to spend your union dues in politics. Every COPE contribution is used to support candidates, get involved in community engagement, get out the vote, and enrich our political status in the Washington metropolitan area.
Becoming a Member:
To keep COPE strong and competitive, a voluntary payroll deduction of $1 or more will make you an active member.
By becoming a member of COPE you can be involved in a highly active WTU Committee. Below are just a few of the opportunities you get from being a member
Why Join COPE:
In the upcoming months we are facing a critical election here in Washington DC that can help determine the fate of our communities, schools and livelihoods. The wide variety of issues that we deal with on a daily basis – from trying to teach children who are hungry, increasing class sizes, to having our school budgets frozen – are all directly impacted by the policies that our government puts into place. It is imperative that we develop a united voice of our concerns to those who are running for office and to continue to develop that relationship once they are elected so that the needs of our schools are met.
Nobody is in a better position to advocate for our students, schools and communities than WTU members. We are the ones who face our students every day. We are the ones who have the most direct connections to parents. We are the ones who have a deep understanding of how to educate. We are the ones who see how our government’s policies can either help us or hurt us.
We need your voice. We need your active support. By joining COPE you are showing our government that you care about our schools and communities, and that you will hold our government accountable to them. If you join you will receive updates about upcoming opportunities to engage in the process and can play an integral part of rebuilding our systems and membership.
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