The Committee On Political Education, known as C.O.P.E. is a vital part of the RI Alliance of Social Service Employees SEIU Local 580 and serves as our political action fund. Money contributed to COPE goes directly toward electing pro-worker, pro-labor politicians, as well as working for or against legislation that would affect our union.
Because our members are employed by the State, supporting politicians in office is an important part of ensuring strong and fair contracts. Contributing to COPE is a great way to invest in your future as a union member in Rhode Island. Because we do not use members' dues to give to political campaigns, COPE is funded by voluntary contributions from our members.
The C.O.P.E Committee, which decides how funds are distributed, meets on the third Thursday of the month at 4:30pm. All Local 580 members are welcome to join and be a part of deciding how we can work together to elect pro-worker politicians.