Get Involved Today!
ATU-COPE is your way to protect your job,
your wages and your benefits. It helps defend
the rights of working men and women and
keeps you safe on the job.
“This year more than ever we need to be heard. I give [to
COPE] because it’s a way to help further the cause of public
transportation and labor. It helps give us a voice, and help us
work at supporting those office holders and candidates that are
favorable to public transit. COPE helps us to be heard. It’s a
continuing battle to make sure that public transportation stays a
priority – if it isn’t a priority, we have to make it one with these
politicians and candidates. This gives us a voice – and I’m a big
believer in it, I’ve seen it work for us in Wisconsin.”
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“COPE helps us be heard”
Dan Kane Local 519, La Crosse, WI above with President Dale
Anderson and Wisconsin State Senator Jennifer Shilling.
“So we can look out for ourselves
with the people we elect”
“You can’t afford NOT to give – if you don’t, we won’t have a job
two years from now. I’ve been here for 25 years and am grateful
to have a good job with good benefits. I believe you’ve gotta give
something back. We have to protect our union jobs so we can
keep our benefits, take care of our families. We gotta do our
part. Every little bit helps – if everyone can give $2 or $3 a week
then it can add up so we can look out for ourselves with the
people we elect.”
Needs Your Help
Like all aspects of our Union, ATU-COPE is nothing
without our members. To provide a strong political voice
for transit workers, we need your help!
Contributing to ATU-COPE is easy:
n If your local has a checkoff provision in its contract, simply
sign the attached Checkoff Authorization Card to voluntarily
authorize your employer to deduct an amount you specify
from your pay each month for ATU-COPE.
n Contributions can also be made directly by check,
payable to ATU-COPE and sent to:
ATU-COPE, 5025 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-4139.
Jerome Mood, Local 822, Patterson, NJ
5025 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016
tel: 202-537-1645 toll-free: 888-240-1196
“one way to fight back”
“I contribute to COPE, even though I hate politics, because I know it’s important. Management is unfair,
everything they do is at the cost of workers, and COPE is one way to fight back. Here in Pensacola, the
COPE Plus program helped us raise money to get Veolia out of our town. We used the money to buy ads
telling people what Veolia was really like. A lot of people don’t understand how COPE works, but it does.”
Maryann Stanton, Local 1395, Pensacola, FL
Authorized by the Amalgamated Transit Union on behalf of a fund-raising effort for the Amalgamated Transit Union Committee on
Political Education (ATU-COPE). Contributions or gifts to Amalgamated Transit Union COPE are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.
Nothing will change with respect to longstanding policies. Up
to 50% of the funds contributed each two-year election cycle by
each local to ATU-COPE will be returnable that cycle on an “as
needed” basis for contributions to state and local candidates. Locals
may also suggest that a contribution be made to a candidate for
federal office.
Employee Identification No. (optional): ________________________ Date: ________________________________
ATU-COPE will return to each local every dollar contributed
above last year’s contribution level for the purpose of conducting
grassroots campaigns in their community targeted at restoring
service, fighting privatization, and other campaigns aimed at getting
our members back to work. Moreover, we are also matching the
money sent back to each local, dollar for dollar. COPE is not
only about supporting pro-transit and pro-labor candidates; it is
also about mobilizing our membership to fight back in the streets.
Print Name: ______________________________ Signature: ____________________________________________
This year, in light of the crisis facing our members, ATUCOPE will for the first time help ATU Locals launch progressive,
grassroots, issue-oriented campaigns back home through a unique
matching program. Imagine riders joining forces with their bus
drivers, or mass demonstrations in front of the mayor’s office against
service cuts and lay offs. These are just some of the things your local
can do with a plan and the support of ATU-COPE.
I hereby authorize and direct you to deduct from my pay as your employee the sum of
$______________________________ dollars per month and to remit that amount to the Amalgamated Transit Union
Committee on Political Education (ATU-COPE).
This authorization is voluntarily made by me, based on my specific understanding that the signing of this Authorization
Card and the making of these voluntary contributions are not conditions of membership in the Union, or of employment by
my employer; that I may refuse to contribute without reprisal; and that I may contribute more or less and will not be favored
or disadvantaged by the Union for doing so; and that the ATU-COPE is a Political Action Committee (PAC) connected
with the Amalgamated Transit Union, which will use my contribution for political purposes, including but not limited to,
making contributions to and expenditures for, candidates for federal, state and local offices and addressing federal, state and
local political issues. This authorization shall remain in full force and effect until revoked by me in writing.
As the largest transit worker Political Action Committee (PAC)
in the United States, ATU-COPE is the voice of transit workers,
school bus employees and over-the-road bus workers at all levels
of government. Since by law, union dues cannot be used to fund
political campaigns, voluntary member contributions to ATUCOPE are used to help elect pro-labor, pro-transit candidates for
local, state and federal office. Once the election is over, ATUCOPE can help keep politicians accountable to the interests of
our members.
A dollar-for-dollar match
Checkoff Authorization Card
In the past year alone, we’ve seen funding for transit systems and
school districts gutted, and private management companies brought
in to ‘lower costs’ by laying off workers and slashing wages and
benefits. The politicians who stand against us are trashing union
members every day. This must be stopped! With your help, we can
win the fight for working people, for better wages, for retirement
security, for a fair economy, for fair taxes for mass transit.
If your local has an ATU-COPE checkoff
card system it’s easy to participate. Just fill
out the card below and send it to your local.
To My Employer, _______________________________________________________________________________:
As a transit worker, school bus employee or over-the-road bus
worker, your job, wages and working conditions are directly linked
to politics. Representatives in federal, state and local government
make crucial decisions everyday that determine the amount of
funding available to your transit system or school district, the
safety and security requirements at your workplace, your bargaining
rights, and more.
The ATU Checkoff Card