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.
We help elect worker-friendly candidates from local Hospital Commissions to School Boards to the State House. We also fight for issues important to our members and all working Iowans.
On the Federal level we work on critical issues like healthcare reform and the Employee Free Choice Act. We also support pro-SEIU, pro-worker candidates in local, state and federal election campaigns. SEIU Local 199 Union is bi-partisan and supports both Republicans and Democrats who support our issues.
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.
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