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Political Action - Public

The Council's Committee on Political Education (COPE) provides a political and legislative action program. The Council encourages local, state and federal government officials to address issues in a way that is beneficial to working people. It is the role of the Council to be a forceful advocate for labor's issues as a people's lobbyist. Components of our program include targeting key races, endorsements, volunteer recruitment, voter registration and grass roots lobbying.

The Council has a large number of both congressional and legislative districts located within its jurisdiction. The Council is also involved in county, city, school board and port elections.


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For Federal offices, State Legislature, Supreme Court and statewide ballot measures, visit the Washington State Labor Council's endorsement page.
Jan 28, 2009

Candidates seeking the MLKCLC’s endorsement (or recommendation for endorsement in statewide or legislative races) are required to participate in the MLKCLC endorsement process. Many of our affiliated unions have their own individual processes, for which you need to contact them directly. A list of local unions can be obtained from the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC), which has a list of unions statewide on their website.

If you are a candidate seeking an endorsement for the current election cycle, please contact Katie Garrow at (206) 441-7102 to schedule an interview date and to request a COPE questionnaire. Completed questionnaires for statewide and federal races should be returned to Teresa Mosqueda, Poltical and Strategic Campaign Director of the Washinton State Labor Council. Questionnaires for local judicial races should be returned to Katie Garrow.

The Committee on Political Education (COPE) will conduct interviews in some races. Our Executive Director will conduct phone interviews in other instances. The COPE consists of the Council's Executive Board and individuals named by our affiliated organizations to represent them in this process.

Once all interested candidates for any given office have been considered, the MLKCLC Executive Board will consider input from other COPE members and make a recommendation for endorsement. This recommendation requires a 2/3 vote of the Board. The candidate’s voting records shall be reviewed, if appropriate. The viability and attitude of the candidate shall also be considered. All candidates must complete a COPE questionnaire and participate in our process in order to be considered for endorsement.

Any recommendation made by the Board shall be forwarded to the delegate body of the Council. This body meets the third Wednesday of each month and recommendations for endorsements to WSLC (or endorsements, in the case of local races) may be made only at these meetings. It requires a 2/3 vote of the delegate body to confirm an endorsement recommendation made by the Board. Any motion for endorsement made from the floor of the meeting without a recommendation from the Board will be brought back to the delegate body at the subsequent meeting of the delegates. Once an endorsement has been made, no further interviews will be held in that race, except in extenuating circumstances (to be considered on a case-by-case basis).

If you have any questions on our process, please contact us at Katie Garrow.

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