Action Center



The VOICE of Transit Workers

As a transit worker, school bus employee or over-the-road bus worker, your job, wages and working conditions are directly linked to politics. Representatives in federal, state and local government make crucial decisions every day that determine the amount of funding available to your transit system or school district, the safety and security requirements at your workplace, your bargaining rights, and more.

2016 Election is Critical

The 2016 election is the most important election in history for ATU members, working families and all unions. We are constantly under attack from elected officials who want to privatize our jobs and take away our collective bargaining rights and pensions. In this election we will be electing a new President, Congress, State Legislators, Governors and other many elected officials, so we can have a real impact on our future.

As the largest transit worker Political Action Committee (PAC) in the United States, ATU-COPE is the voice of transit workers, school bus employees and over-the-road bus workers at all levels of government. Since by law, union dues cannot be used to fund political campaigns, voluntary member contributions to ATU-COPE are used to help elect pro-labor, pro-transit candidates for local, state and federal office and then hold them accountable once they are elected.

ATU COPE Month extended through November

June was ATU COPE month, but with the stakes higher than ever in the 2016 election, we have extended ATU COPE month through the November elections. This means if you contribute to ATU COPE you will receive an ATU pin. If you contribute at least $100 annually, you will receive a special ATU COPE t-shirt and qualify to be member of one of the following ATU COPE clubs depending on your contribution.

Century Club ($100)
Congressional Club ($250)
Patriot Club ($500)

Help Your Local Win

In addition to the individual awards, ten locals will be allowed to select two members to travel to Washington, D.C. in January 2017 to stay at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center. They will participate in Congressional swearing in ceremonies and possibly attend the Presidential Inauguration. The first five locals will be chosen based on the highest dollar amount contributed through check off within specified categories. The other locals will be selected based on the highest percentage of active members enrolled in the Century Club ($100 or more per year) or higher contributed through check off. If a local wins in both categories, the second place winner from the dollar amount category for any particular membership size will be selected. The Local Union will be responsible for lost time -- if any. The International Union will pay travel and lodging expenses.

Contributing to ATU-COPE is easy

If your Local has a checkoff provision in its contract, contact your Local for a Checkoff Authorization Card to voluntarily authorize your employer to deduct an amount you specify from your pay each month for ATU-COPE.

If you contribute now, thank you. Please consider increasing your contribution.

If you don’t participate, this is ideal time to begin.

Every dollar helps!

Online Resources

2016 ATU-COPE Guidelines (PDF)
2016 ATU-COPE Brochure (PDF)