COPE Connection – September 2016

COPE Connection
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“I’m in a union. You’re welcome.”

According to a new study released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the typical worker — whether a union member or not — would be making thousands of dollars more a year now if unions had the power they once had. In other words, when working people negotiate collectively, everyone benefits. Read more in this news article by the Salon.

“Unions have functioned to raise the wages of all workers, union and nonunion,” said Lawrence Mishel, EPI President. “The erosion of collective bargaining has clearly taken a huge toll on nonunion wages in the United States, and is a major factor in the wage stagnation of the last four decades.”

Rebuild the American Dream: Tell your coworkers to become full members and to contribute today to our union’s political action committee (COPE)!
It’s the only way we, working people, have of standing up to corporate power and money in politics.

YES on 55: Help Our Children Thrive!

YES on 55 - Help Our Children Thrive!

You’re going to hear a lot about Prop. 55 between now and the November election.

We’ve come a long way since the days of devastating cuts made to education and vital services during the recession. It’s time to protect California children by maintaining the current tax rates on the wealthiest Californians, which will prevent billions of dollars in cuts to children’s education and health care – with strict accountability, so funds go directly to the classroom – and not to administrative costs.

Share this website with your friends, family members and colleagues, and tell them to Vote YES on Prop. 55 this November!

5 for Prop. 55: Here are 5 actions you can take today to help pass Prop. 55, so our children can thrive!

Let’s Celebrate Labor Day!

Union ProudOn Labor Day, we honor the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country.

Say it loud: “I’m Union and I’m PROUD!”

Wear purple and join one of these events:

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Join the Election Campaign Kickoff!

National Day of ActionWhat are you doing on Saturday, September 10?

We need YOU!

Come and help us get the info out about labor-friendly candidates and measures!


COPE Meetings

Fresno: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 5:30-8 p.m.
SEIU 521, 5228 E. Pine Ave., Fresno
RSVP: or (559) 447-2579

Salinas: 4th Wednesday of the month, 5:30-8 p.m.
SEIU 521,  334 Monterey St., Salinas
RSVP: or  831-784-2560

San Jose: 1st Tuesday of the month, 6:00 p.m.
SEIU 521, 2302 Zanker Rd., San Jose
Teleconference # (888) 431-3632
Participant code # 427476
RSVP: or 408-678-3300

Santa Cruz: 4th Thursday of the month, 6:00 p.m.
SEIU 521, 517B Mission St., Santa Cruz
RSVP: or 831-824-9255

Visalia: 2nd Tuesday, 6:00 p.m.
SEIU 521, 1811 Sunnyside Ave., Visalia
RSVP: 559-635-3720

COPE for the Future

At a time when the voices of workers are being drowned out by powerful corporations whose sole mission is to maximize profits by squeezing labor, we need to reclaim our power and voice in politics.

The Committee on Political Education (COPE) collects workers’ individual contributions to build one united voice in politics that promotes better living standards for all, not just the few.

THANK YOU. As a COPE member, you receive COPE Connection because you are a key contributor to our political voice. We hope the COPE Connection keeps you engaged in the issues that affect our communities so you can be an informed activist in yours.

PASS IT ON. Know a member who would benefit from becoming a COPE member? Connect them to COPE by sharing this newsletter and by inviting them to the SEIU 521 COPE webpage:


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