As a union representing public employees, we recognize the substantial impact political decisions can have on our working conditions. We are, therefore, committed to engaging in the political process on behalf of our membership, with a focus on issues related to public education in general, and to the operation of our own workplace, the University of Illinois at Chicago, specifically.
To accomplish these goals, we have created an independent Committee On Political Education. This committee is dedicated to educating our members, and the public, on political issues around public higher education. They are also authorized to raise and contribute funds for the purpose of supporting candidates that support public higher education*.
If you want to get involved and become a COPE member, you can make a contribution through payroll deduction by completing our digital contribution form:
Once signed, the committee will submit an eligible contribution form to UIC payroll for regular deductions. You must be a member of UIC United Faculty to make a contribution. All contributions are confidential.
Alternately, you may print, sign, and return a physical copy of our COPE CONTRIBUTION CARD to any UICUF Representative, OR mail it to UIC United Faculty, 815 W Van Buren Suite 203, Chicago, Illinois 60607, OR email a scanned copy to UICUnitedFaculty@gmail.com.**
Thank you for your interest in the union’s political activities, and we hope you will get involved and contribute to our COPE fund.
If you have any questions not answered on this website, please contact our Board Chair, Jeff Kessler, for more information.
UIC United Faculty Committee on Political Education
*COPE is an independently registered Political Action Committee, separate and distinct from UIC United Faculty. Union dues are not used to fund political campaigns, or for the operations of the COPE.
**A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website, www.elections.il.gov, or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.