MEA-MFT Committee On Political Education (COPE)
A history of success!
WHAT IS MEA-MFT COPE?
MEA-MFT's Committee on Political Education (COPE) is composed of the locally elected members of MEA-MFT's Board of Directors. COPE members are your elected representatives.
COPE is accountable to you and to all MEA-MFT members.
WHAT DOES COPE DO?
COPE helps elect Montana candidates for public office from both parties who support:
• strong public services
• strong public education (k-12 & higher education)
• Montana public employees and the important work they do
• the right of working people to have a say in their working conditions
COPE also helps defeat bad ballot initiatives and pass good ones (more on those below).
HOW DOES COPE HELP ELECT GOOD CANDIDATES?
COPE members interview candidates and make recommendations to their fellow MEA-MFT members about which candidates fit the criteria above.
COPE also contributes money to these candidates' campaigns to help them win.
WHO DECIDES WHAT CANDIDATES TO RECOMMEND AND HELP?
Recommendations are based strictly on issues, not on political party.
Your elected COPE representatives interview candidates, research candidate statements and records, and make candidate recommendations to you and your fellow MEA-MFT members.
Read more about COPE's candidate recommendation process here.
WHAT ARE SOME OF COPE'S VICTORIES?
Helping elect MEA-MFT members who run for office: MEA-MFT members are certainly not the only candidates COPE helps elect. But MEA-MFT members make particularly great candidates and great public officials. They know our issues, and they stand up for our members. Here are some of the member candidates COPE helped elect:
11 MEA-MFT members to the 2011 Montana State Legislature.
MEA-MFT member Linda McCulloch, first to the legislature, then Superintendent of Public Instruction, then Montana Secretary of State in 2008.
MEA-MFT member Denise Juneau as Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2008.
Passing ballot initiatives that make Montana a better place to live: COPE was instrumental in passing:
The pension security constitutional amendment, to protect public employee and teacher retirements
The Six mill levy for university system, essential to funding higher education
The minimum wage increase, a pay raise for hard working Montanans
Defeating bad ballot initiatives: COPE helped defeat:
CI-97, the initiative aimed at crippling public services and public education
CI-75, the initiative to require a super-majority vote to increase taxes that fund public services & education
WILL COPE TELL ME HOW TO VOTE?
No. Never has, never will. Your vote is your choice. COPE just gives you carefully researched information that you can use to make your choice. Because of COPE, MEA-MFT members are some of the best informed voters in Montana!
HOW CAN I SUPPORT COPE?
Want more success? Join your fellow members by joining MEA-MFT COPE. Working together, we will change Montana—for the better! Click here to learn more about joining.
MEA-MFT COPE, 1232 East Sixth Avenue, Helena, MT 59601