NYSUT, the statewide teacher association, has a fundraising arm called VOTE-COPE. VOTE-COPE is NYSUT’s non-partisan political action fund that coordinates the voluntary contributions of members and supports NYSUT-endorsed candidates and campaign committees that are pro-public education and pro-labor. The single largest category of VOTE-COPE expenditures is in the form of rebates to local teacher associations to be used in local activities such as school board races and for passage of school budgets (phone banks).

Members play a vital role in VOTE-COPE’s success.  The WTA conducts an annual fund-raising drive to support VOTE-COPE. Many of our members make contributions through payroll deduction.  For our 2013 campaign, the WTA was presented with the Dan Sanders Award; recognition given to locals that raise at least $25 per member.

Reasons to participate in VOTE-COPE:

Without money to lobby and support those legislators who support a pro-education agenda in Albany, educators would lose every battle to the corporate interests who lobby against teachers and quality public education. VOTE-COPE funds don’t begin to compare to the private sector money used promote an agenda to privatize public resources.

Right now there are powerful forces trying to remove teacher protections, slash aid to public schools, and cut services to students.  Teachers have no way to fight back other than with dollars that are contributed to VOTE-COPE . Teacher’s association dues are not legally allowed to be used for political action purposes.

For more information and to enroll in payroll deduction contact WTA VOTE-COPE chair Marie Lysandrou:

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