Committee on Political Education (COPE)
Welcome to the Metro
Washington Council, AFL-CIO Political Action
At the Metro Council, political action happens primarily through the Committee on Political Education, or "COPE."
Near Clean-Sweep for Labor-Endorsed Candidates & Issues
Metro-area labor’s endorsed candidates and initiatives scored a near clean-sweep Tuesday. President Obama won handily in DC and Maryland, as expected, and once again carried swing-state Virginia, where labor conducted extensive voter ID and GOTV efforts that were part of a national Democratic/labor ground game that defeated a massive GOP and right-wing funded ad blitz.
Maryland: In addition to wins by labor-endorsed candidates Ben Cardin (U.S. Senate), Dutch Ruppersberger (CD 2), John Sarbanes (CD 3), Donna Edwards (CD 4), Steny Hoyer (CD 5), John Delaney (CD 6), Elijah Cummings (CD 7) and Chris Van Hollen (CD 8), all the labor-supported referenda passed, including Question 4 (Dream Act), Question 5 (Re-Districting), Question 6 (Marriage Equality) and Question 7 (Gaming). Montgomery County’s Ballot Question B (Effects Bargaining For Police Employees) was approved, in a defeat for labor, and while results had not yet been finalized in the Prince George’s County Board of Education races, endorsed candidates Edward Burroughs and Carletta Fellows appear to have won, but Clifford Savoy lost his race for the Calvert County School Board.
District of Columbia: Eleanor Holmes Norton won as U.S. House Delegate, while in the DC City Council, labor-endorsed candidates Jack Evans (Ward 2), Muriel Bowser (Ward 4), Yvette Alexander (Ward 7), Marion Barry (Ward 8), Vincent Orange (At-Large) and Phil Mendelson (Chairman) won, but Michael Brown (At-Large) lost.
Virginia: In what NoVA Labor president Dan Duncan modestly called a “pretty good evening overall,” labor’s wins included Tim Kaine (U.S. Senate), Jim Moran (CD 8), and Gerry Connolly (CD 11), while Adam Cook (CD 1) and Kristin Cabral (CD 10) lost. The labor-endorsed slate won in the City of Alexandria: Mayor William Euille, and City Council member Paul Smedberg, Allison Silberberg, John Taylor Chapman, Del Pepper, Justin Wilson and Tim Lovain.
- published 11/8/2012; photos: Unite Here 25 member Shondra Alston doorknocks in Burke, VA (above); Metro Council Assistant Legislative/Political Coordinator Alya Solomon (l) and Union Cities Assistant Mobilizer Julia Kann call Virginia union voters at the AFL-CIO phonebank(below); photos by Chris Garlock
What is COPE?
COPE stands for the Committee on Political Education. It is committees made up of union members that informs and mobilizes union families to encourage their participation in the political process. Working men and women can express their voice in politics and policy issues that affect their lives.
What does COPE do?
Committees are responsible for running information and mobilization campaigns on local issues. The COPE provides financial contributions to worker-friendly candidates running for office, provides information to union families about the candidates and their positions on the issues affecting their lives such as, decent health care, pension, and safe working conditions are among the concerns influenced by the political process. Committees organize grass-roots mobilization efforts to win important legislation and track the voting records of our state and local legislators on issues affecting working families. Committees also use this information to interview and screens candidates running for office, making endorsement recommendations to the Executive Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO.
COPE empowers union members by:
- Providing political education
- Raising political funds
- Endorsing candidates based on our issues
- Supporting and contributing to endorsed candidates
- Implementing get-out-the-vote programs
- Educating public officials on our issues
- Contacting and rallying support for our issues
The DC COPE meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month (except for July and August) at the
Iron Workers Local 201 (1507 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC).
Montgomery County & Prince George's County COPE meets ___.
For more information about DC COPE, contact Alya Solomon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-974-8222.
For more information about Maryland COPE in Charles, St. Mary's Calvert and Montgomery and Prince George's counties, contact Rick Powell at email@example.com or 202-974-8154.
THE LATEST FROM COPE
- Labor GOTV Finish Line In Sight (11/5/2012)
- Labor-Endorsed Candidate Greg Hall Appointed to Vacant District 24 Delegate Seat (11/5/2012)
- NOVA Labor Begins Final Push for 2012 GOTV (11/3/2012)
- Hotel Workers Dial for Jobs (11/3/2012)
- Labor Photo: Firing Up the VA Labor Vote (11/3/2012)
- Handy Labor Voter Guide (11/3/2012)
- Union Retirees Hit Street, Phones for Obama (11/3/2012)
- Phonebanking Made Easy & Fun (11/2/2012)
- Early Voting Guide & Latest Local Labor Walks (11/1/2012)
- Labor Volunteers Pour Into NoVA for Obama, Push Referenda in MD (11/28/2012)
- Labor Photo: Rallying for Gaming Jobs (11/28/2012)
- Election "Crunch Time" (10/26/2012)
- NoVA GOTV Labor Effort Continues to Build (10/23/2012)
- Kaine to Rally NoVA Volunteers Saturday (10/19/2012)
- Political Mobilization Main Focus of Council Meeting (10/17/2012)
- Granholm, Boland & Thomas Fire Up NoVA Volunteers (10/16/2012)
- Weekend Labor-to-Labor (10/12/2012)
- NoVA Election Efforts Expanding (9/17/2012)
- AFL-CIO Election Phonebank Opens Monday (9/14/2012)
- Labor Cranks Up Walks & Voter Registration Efforts (9/7/2012)
- NoVA Launches Labor Walks in Battle for VA Vote (8/23/2012)
Report: Now's The Time to Register to Vote
- MD COPE Report: Labor to Lobby at Special Session on Gaming in Annapolis (8/8/2012)
- MD COPE Report: MontCo Construction Workers Welcome New Safety Regs (7/26/2012)
- MD COPE Report: Office Cleaners Stand Up for Job Security (7/6/2012)
- DC COPE Report: Locals Mobilize Against Anti-Union Nominee to WASA Board (7/5/2012)
- DC COPE Report: Rand Paul Scuttles DC Budget Bill with "Right to Work" Amendment (6/28/2012)
- DC COPE Report: Metro Council Joins Call on Congress to Strike Proposed Restriction on Spending of Local Tax Dollars (6/8/2012)
- DC COPE Report: Ending "Pay-to-Play" Politics in DC (6/5/2012)
- MD COPE Report: New Law Protects Union Members (5/24/2012)
COPE Report: Hard Work Pays Off in Ward 5
2012 DC Council Chair Special Election
2012 DC At-Large General Election
MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Montgomery
2010 MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Prince George's County
2010 MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Calvert County
2010 MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Charles County
2010 District of Columbia City Council Candidate Questionnaire
District of Columbia Primary, Council Chair
2010 PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY: County Office Candidate Questionnaires
2010 Charles County: Candidate Questionnaires
2010 St Mary's County: Candidate Questionnaires
2010 Calvert County: Candidate Questionnaires
2010 Montgomery County: County Office Candidate Questionnaires
2008 DC City Council Candidate Questionnaires
2008 District 4 Candidate Donna Edwards Questionnaire
2008 Congressman Chris Van Hollen Questionnaire
2008 Congressman Steny Hoyer Questionnaire
General Election Endorsements
2006 DC School Board Endorsements
2006 Maryland State and Calvert County Endorsements
2006 CALVERT COUNTY: County Office Candidate Questionnaires
2006 CHARLES COUNTY: County Office Candidate Questionnaires
2006 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: City Council Candidate Questionnaires
2006 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Mayor & Council Chair Candidate Questionnaires
2006 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: School Board Candidate Questionnaires
2006 MARYLAND STATE GENERAL ASSEMBLY: District 14, 15 & 16 Candidate Questionnaires
2006 MARYLAND STATE GENERAL ASSEMBLY: District 17 & 18 Candidate Questionnaires
2006 MARYLAND STATE GENERAL ASSEMBLY: District 19, 20 & 39 Candidate Questionnaires
2006 MARYLAND STATE GENERAL ASSEMBLY: District 20 & 25 Candidate Questionnaires
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Committee on Political Education (COPE)