Political Action

Overview

Political Action
Build power in your workplace and your community

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.

To learn more about developing a political action program in your local union, email Jessica Ulstad, Political Director.

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Put Schools and Communities First on the ballot
Join CFT members in gathering signatures

The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act will restore over $12 billion per year to California’s schools, community colleges, health clinics, and other vital local services.

For nearly four decades, big corporations have not been paying their fair share of commercial property taxes, leaving California with the most overcrowded classrooms in the United States and with some of the worst ratios of counselors, librarians, and nurses per student.

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What do you think about the presidential election?
The CFT wants to know

In November 2020, CFT members will join voters around the country to cast their ballots for the next president of the United States. While we know that every election day is an important one, the upcoming election will represent an historic turning point for our country. 

In the coming weeks CFT will run a series of brief surveys to better understand the issues that are important to California members in the presidential election. The information gathered in these surveys will be used to inform how CFT will weigh in during the formal AFT endorsement process.

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The Issues That Matter Most
CFT Election Survey #1

We’ve heard from our members that electing a U.S. President in 2020 who reflects our values is a top priority. The CFT wants to hear from you about what issues matter most as you’re deciding on which candidate to support for U.S. President.