APWU Committee on Political Action
APWU COPA, the union’s Committee on Political Action, was created to raise voluntary contributions from our union’s active, retired and auxiliary members to support the campaigns of candidates for public office.
The APWU needs a strong voice in political affairs. We must support elected officials who advance our goals and help defeat those who oppose them.
Over the last 20 years, building a strong COPA fund has been a major priority for the APWU. With the support of tens of thousands of APWU members, COPA has raised millions of dollars to support candidates who stand up for working families.
Thanks to the generous contributions of many members – and a large percentage of our retirees – legislators are aware that the American Postal Workers Union is a political force to be reckoned with.
But the challenges we face are great, and we must increase our COPA fund to help elect candidates who support a vibrant public Postal Service and who support the goals of working people. Every APWU member, retiree and member of the APWU Auxiliary who contributes to COPA is vitally important – no matter the size of his or her contribution.
What COPA Does With Your Contributions
Every contribution is recorded in our computer system and deposited directly in COPA’s bank account. By law, COPA funds may not be co-mingled with other APWU funds. The Secretary-Treasurer’s Department is responsible for administering the COPA account, and employees in APWU’s accounting department make sure that individual and group contributors are acknowledged.
COPA Committee members meet regularly to survey the political landscape and to determine the best use of COPA funds. We consult with headquarters staff and other APWU national, state and local officers about supporting incumbents and challengers. The COPA committee also consults the Retirees Department, retiree chapters and the APWU Auxiliary to get their input.
This COPA soliciation is paid for by the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, 1300 L St., N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 842-4200; it is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Contributions or gifts to COPA are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. COPA will use the contributions it receives for political purposes, including making contributions to candidates for federal, state and local offices, and addressing political issues of public importance. Contributions to COPA are voluntary. More or less than the suggested amount may be given, and the amount given or the refusal to give will not benefit or disadvantage the person being solicited. Federal law requires political action committees to report the name, mailing address, occupation, and employer for each individual whose contributions aggregate in excess of $200 in a calendar year