You should opt out of COPE, or The Committee on Political Education, which is the UFT political action committee.
How you can choose not to donate: Fax a letter to 212-510-6435 with your name, school, file #, and state that you want to opt out of COPE as of the day you fax it. Sign the letter.
You will receive a cancellation notice and you should send this to the NYC DOE payroll office.
Below you can read the UFT urging all members to sign up and pay for COPE, and below that I have re-printed a post from January 21, 2014 on the BECK Amendment and the movement away from compulsory payment of union dues.
The movement argues that as long as leaders of a union do not fairly represent members, dues should not be paid.
This country is founded upon "no taxation without representation", right?
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Why COPE needs you
Movement Starts: Toward an End To Involuntary Payment of Dues to the UFT
Communications Workers of America v. Beck, 487 U.S. 735 (1988) is a decision by the United States Supreme Court which held that, in a union security agreement, unions are authorized by statute to collect from non-members only those fees and dues necessary to perform its duties as a collective bargaining representative. The rights identified by the Court in Communications Workers of America v. Beck have since come to be known as "Beck rights," and defining what Beck rights are and how a union must fulfill its duties regarding them is an active area of modern United States labor law.
And the worst part of this is, UFT members do not have a choice; in blunt language, if you join the UFT you MUST pay your dues. Paying is not voluntary. Doesn't this leave the BIGs to do whatever they want, from helping someone to doing nothing, as they will get your dues money anyway?
Time to do something about this:
1) make paying dues voluntary
2) permit a member to pay their dues money to benefit THEIR welfare, not that of UNITY folk who couldn't care less what classroom or rubber room you are in.
|AFT President Randi Weingarten and UFT President Mike Mulgrew|