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Endorsements updated as of 7/8/16
You should have received your voting ballot on or around July 15th, and voting ends August 2 (postmarked). Please consider our official primary election endorsements when making your decisions on the 2016 congressional, statewide, and legislative races. The AFT Washington COPE Committee conducted an extensive vetting process in order to endorse these candidates based on their responses to our candidate questionnaires, their voting records, and their positions on labor and education.
AFT President Randi Weingarten on July 18 delivered a forceful case for Hillary Clinton, while hailing the 100-year-old union as a vehicle empowering our more than 1.6 million workers at the bargaining table and the ballot box.
COPE - our Committee on Political Education -- is the political action committee for AFT Washington. COPE enables our union to engage the membership in both creating our political agenda and in making meaningful financial contributions to support candidates who will champion our legislative agenda. We do not use union dues to contribute to COPE. All contributions are voluntary.
You make important contributions to society – both at work and in your personal lives. Most days, you go above and beyond what is required.
Stories are a powerful way to communicate. Please take a few minutes to tell us your story and the value of your work. It is important that everyone who cares about our students know who you are, the conditions under which you work, and the many contributions you make despite difficulties.
Everyone who works hard and plays by the rules should thrive in America. As hard-working people who are trying to make a living and support our families, we are working harder and harder to make ends meet. But our system is broken and rules favor corporations and the very wealthy. Indeed, working people are under attack in an attempt to weaken unions and undermine our rights. Find out more about what's happening and get resources that you can use for members.
In her most recent column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten talks about the need for our country to return to the kind of thoughtful yet passionate discourse and engagement in civic life that's been far too rare lately.