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Committee on Political Education (COPE)


We realize that not every candidate has a strong understanding of the issues that face today's working families and organized labor. The candidate academy is designed to familiarize candidates with the political and policy priorities of working families in the Orange County. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about pressing issues from union leaders, rank-and-file members and community leaders--ranging from wage and contract issues to the environment, education, health care and affordable housing. Our candidate academy is mandatory.  If you are interested in receiving an endorsement or recommendation for endorsement by the Orange County Labor Federation, you must attend at least one of our sessions. For the latest information on Candidate Academy sessions, check out our calendar or contact our office at (714) 385-1534.


After completing a COPE candidate questionnaire focused on the issues facing today's working families and organized labor, candidates will be interviewed by the COPE Interviewing Committee made up of union members appointed by active major unions in Orange County. After the interview process, an endorsement recommendation will be made by a two-thirds vote of the COPE Interviewing Committee. 


The endorsement recommendation made by the COPE Interviewing Committee is then reviewed and voted on by both the Orange County Labor Federation's Executive Board and the delegates of all affiliated unions. If a candidate receives at least two-thirds vote from the Executive Board and the delegate body, then that candidate is endorsed by COPE. (Note: Federal and State Candidates are recommended to the California Labor Federation Endorsement Convention. The recommendations are final once the state delegates approve).


Once a candidate is endorsed by the Orange County Labor Federation's Committee on Political Education, a campaign follows that includes at least one if not all of the following components: direct mail to voters in support of the candidate, door-to-door voter education, voter education via phone, and financial contributions.

To begin your endorsement request, please complete and submit your questionnaires to Joline Vela at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We do not accept packages from non-union carriers (FEDEX).

Complete a bio questionnaire:

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Please complete the appropriate COPE Questionnaire:

Questionnaire for Federal Candidates

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Questionnaire for State Senate and State Assembly Candidates

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School Board and Municipal Candidates