With member support through VOTE-COPE, NYSUT continues to fight for our rights, our benefits and for the professional respect we deserve.

Just this past year, candidates supported by VOTE-COPE have contributed to important victories:




We're just getting started.

This coming year, we’ll be back at it as the voice of New York’s educators in the halls of power to:

  • Fix APPR permanently so you can teach and your students can learn.
  • Reform receivership which unfairly punishes schools based on flawed tests.
  • Fight at the bargaining table for good jobs, health care, better workplace conditions and your future.

Why should NYSUT members contribute to VOTE-COPE?

VOTE-COPE is one of the best investments you can make in yourself, your family, your profession, your colleagues, your school and public education.

NYSUT members: contact your local union leader to find out how to give to VOTE-COPE.

VOTE-COPE is the statewide union’s voluntary, non-partisan advocacy fund. NYSUT member contributions help us advocate for our members' rights and for strong, safe public schools across the state. No member dues dollars are used to support political candidates.

VOTE-COPE is NYSUT’s Political Action Committee. VOTE-COPE funds are used in federal, state and local elections. Contributing to VOTE-COPE is voluntary, and NYSUT members and their immediate family members may refuse to contribute to VOTE-COPE without reprisal. Contributing to VOTE-COPE is not a condition of membership in any labor organization. Contributions to VOTE-COPE will be screened, and any unauthorized contributions will be returned. Contributions to VOTE-COPE are not deductible as charitable
contributions for federal income tax purposes.