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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 Committee on Political Education Fund (COPE). Your contribution is voluntary.
Through COPE, union members can pool our money together to pass laws that support working people and elect leaders that value public education and the issues we care about. Learn more about COPE.