10 Feb Contribute to UICUF COPE + Support Grads’ Contract Rally
- Our Committee on Political Education (COPE): 2022 is an election year and in case you were not aware, our local union has a political action committee that shines a light on higher education issues and collects funds to contribute to political candidates that support higher ed and organized labor.
- Committee Membership: COPE is a voluntary fund that our members can join for as little as $1 a month via our website. All contributors are able to attend board meetings and nominate candidates for endorsement. (Note: You must be a UICUF member and US citizen or legal resident to contribute.)
- GEO Rally in the Quad: The Graduate Employee Organization (GEO) has reached an agreement with the administration to seek mediation in bargaining their next contract. Come hear what is going on with their bargaining and show your support by joining their rally in the UIC Quad Wednesday, February 16, 12:30-1:30.
- Listening Sessions: We are continuing our listening sessions in a variety of units throughout UIC, bringing Bargaining Team members in to hear your questions and top issues for bargaining. Watch your inbox for the invite!
The Committee on Political Education (COPE), UICUF’s member-run political action committee , is seeking to expand its membership and increase political advocacy on behalf of our union members. To become a contributor, click here to sign up. Contributors can give as little as $1/month through monthly payroll deductions. Contributors must be a member of UIC United Faculty and a US citizen or permanent resident to join.
As we approach the 2022 elections with newly drawn legislative district maps, it is more important than ever to have a voice in the political process. In the 2020 election cycle, the COPE proudly endorsed three successful state legislators: Lakesia Collins (D – H009), Theresa Mah (D – H002), and Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D – H017). With your contribution, we hope to support these legislators and additional candidates who are committed to improving the working conditions of Illinois educators.
The COPE is also dedicated to educating UICUF members on political issues around public higher education, endorsing pro-education and pro-labor candidates, and supporting legislation that benefit all UIC faculty. All contributors are welcome to attend board meetings and nominate candidates for endorsement consideration.
And your contributions go farther now! The COPE is working with IFT to receive additional funds should we continue to grow our contributor base. This means more funds for candidate support, political education events, and general operations. For more information about the COPE click here or email COPE chair Jeffrey Kessler.
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