COPE: Committee on Political Education
Next COPE Meeting: Please join us at TAPS (54 E Washington St.) on Thursday February 22nd from 3:45-5:00 to continue our discussion about the Fall School Board election, plan an event in support of Tony Thurmond for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and hear an update on how our members recently spent a day with state legislators in Sacramento. We will meet in the back room, enjoy a beverage, and discuss. Please join us and bring another PFT member with you!
Our Committee on Political Education (COPE) is looking for representation from each site. Please contact our COPE chair Tiana Grzebik or the PFT office for information.
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If you are interested in signing up to make a contribution, please fill out the COPE portion of the CFT Membership form, and deliver it to your site rep or directly to the PFT Office. Thank you!
We live in a political world, and it doesn’t get any more political than public education. Our working conditions, our students’ learning conditions, our salary, and our healthcare benefits are directly related to how we vote and to how we participate in government. The Committee on Political Education (COPE) advances our members’ interests while seeking to educate our members about how our workplace interests are connected to candidates running for all political offices, and about how our interests are connected to legislative activity.
Our PFT COPE Members meet regularly to discuss essential issues for education in Petaluma, and to interview current and potential candidates to determine which are most committed and capable of championing the interests of students and educators. 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 to give our union the resources it needs to have a strong voice in shaping the political climate that, in turn, shapes education here in Petaluma and throughout the state of California.
Your COPE Chair:
Tiana Grzebik, San Antonio High School
Email us if you’d like to get involved!