C.O.P.E. Committee Setup
The President and the Secretary or (Secretary-Treasurer) of the AFL-CIO state central body are automatically chairman and secretary (or secretary-treasurer) of the state COPE.
State COPEs make endorsements in representative conventions for such statewide offices as U.S. Senator, governor and other officers elected to serve the state as a whole, and upon the recommendation of Congressional District COPEs, make endorsements for U.S. House candidates, as well.
Congressional District COPE
Where there is only one COPE in a Congressional District, it must, of necessity, be a Congressional District COPE. Where there are two or more COPEs in a Congressional District, each COPE should appoint a delegation to meet with representatives of other COPEs in order to plan overall operations throughout the district.
Local Union COPE
COPE suggests that each local appoint a local union Political Education Committee of at least five to serve (1) the local union on matters of political education, and (2) as representative delegates to the City, County or Congressional District Committee on Political Education. These delegates should be persons who are definitely interested in political action, and who are willing to devote time and energy to these activities.
The delegates from the various local unions make up the COPE committee and from these delegates, the officers, subcommittee chairmen and subcommittee members are elected and/or appointed. These officers are Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer. Executive Council should include subcommittee chairmen, and should function as the steering committee.
- The Finance Committee functions to raise funds and to audit disbursement of all funds.
- The Public Relations Committee handles all publicity, speakers bureau, news releases, and all political education material.
- The Screening Committee checks on voting records of candidates; recommends action by the Executive Board as to endorsements; and interviews all prospective candidates for public office whom the organization might support or oppose.
- Volunteers in Politics (VIP Program) coordinate activities in all phases of a campaign, set up precinct committees, furnish speakers to other organizations, create interests in voting among voting-age family members and furnish volunteers for COPE Register-and-Vote Campaigns.
The Registration and Precinct Organization Committee appoints precinct captains, sets up teams in precincts to visit homes of members and friends to explain issues and records of candidates, checks membership lists against voting lists, notifies locals of members not registered, explains election laws to members through local union meetings and literature, and in general, functions to register and otherwise qualify the members and voting-age members of their families to vote.
THE EFFECTIVE OPERATION OF THIS COMMITTEE IS NECESSARY TO THE SUCCESS OF THE ENTIRE POLITICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM.