Public education is funded by local, state and federal governments. That means as employees in public education, the work we do is directly affected by policy decisions.
The school board members we elect vote on our contracts. State leaders decide on the education budget and how much money goes to local school districts and agencies. Federal officials decide on funding for school transportation, special education, lunch programs, child care services, Head Start, and so much more.
That’s why having a strong voice in politics is critical to our jobs, and the well-being of our communities. In addition to voting and mobilizing others to vote, we make our voices heard in politics by contributing to SEIU Local 99’s voluntary Committee on Political Education Fund (COPE).
COPE gives working people, like us, a stronger voice to move voters and elect leaders who will stand with us for good jobs, quality education and stronger communities.