COPE stands for “Committee on Political Education” and represents
the political action arm of the CFT. The purpose of COPE is to
engage in political education, to facilitate member-to-member
communications about political issues and elections, and to
endorse political candidates and make contributions to candidate
campaigns. Many local unions also have their own COPE committees.
The CFT COPE Committee meets regularly to interview current and
potential candidates throughout the state to determine those most
committed and capable of championing the interests of educators
locally and in the State Capitol. When the union finds true
supporters of member interests, the union endorses them. When
there are close races, the union contributes COPE funds to help
political candidates who are supportive of labor and quality
education issues win their elections.
COPE contributions are an integral part of the work the
Federation does do to give our union the resources it needs to
have a strong voice in shaping the political climate that, in
turn, shapes education in California and the nation.