The Endorsement Process

Endorsements are done by the Labor Council’s Committe on Political Education, or COPE. The process is as follows.

STEP 1: CANDIDATE BRIEFING

We realize that not every candidate has a strong understanding of the issues that face today’s working families and organized labor. The candidate briefing is designed to familiarize candidates with the political and policy priorities of working families in the Silicon Valley. 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.

STEP 2: COPE ENDORSEMENT INTERVIEW

Candidates are invited to participate in a COPE Endorsement Interview. 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 Santa Clara and San Benito Counties. After the interview process an endorsement recommendation will by made by a two-thirds vote of the COPE Interviewing Committee.

STEP 3: ENDORSEMENT

The endorsement recommendation made by the COPE Interviewing Committee is then reviewed and voted on by both the South Bay Labor Council’s Executive Board and the delegates of all affiliated unions. If a candidate receives at least a two-thirds vote of both the Executive Board and the delegates, then that candidate is endorsed by COPE.

STEP 4: CAMPAIGN

Once a candidate is endorsed by the South Bay Labor Council’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.