Our Voice for Working Families

What is COPE?
The Committee on Political Education (COPE) is made up of SEIU members, staff, and retirees whose recurring contribution ensures that we have the political power to protect and expand our hard-earned political and legislative victories. We know that who we elect, and what they do when they are in office, determines much in our everyday lives: from our livelihoods to our health and safety. When we speak with one voice about what working people need, our elected officials listen.

Why politics?
While we work hard together at bargaining tables across the state to raise the bar in our individual workplaces, industry-wide issues can still be a big problem and require work outside the context of our collective bargaining agreements. Funding for our members’ workplaces comes directly from the state. Many aspects of their work lives are deeply influenced and controlled by elected leaders. For most of us, there are improvements that can be made to our industries, working conditions, communities, and everyday lives through collective political and legislative power. Our local, state, and federal elected representatives are important partners in building stronger, more equitable communities all across our country, and our union’s political and legislative work helps educate and advocate for meaningful and positive change.

Who does FPSU Support?
SEIU Florida Public Services Union supports union members first and foremost. Our member-driven endorsement process results in supporting only pro-SEIU, pro-worker candidates for local, state and federal offices. Like our union brothers and sisters we are bi-partisan, and endorse candidates based on their support of working families and their commitment to protecting and expanding access to union membership, not their party affiliation.

How do I contribute?
COPE contributions are voluntary, and you choose the level at which you’d like to support the work we do. If you’re ready to join the broader fight for worker justice and stronger communities please visit www.fpsumember.com/cope. You can also reach out to your union representative for more information.