Occasionally, I will reprint some of my very best blog posts and in this reprint I will post how you can stop your COPE payments that allow our disconnected union leadership to abuse our funds to support their pet causes and eat quail on our dime. We already pay $1,346 annually to support our bloated union and I see little reason to give them any more of my money when they don't bother to even ask me my opinion about issues that affect me.
Listed below is my COPE reprint, enjoy!
How To Deny The Union Your COPE Money.
I have made no secret for my contempt of the UFT leadership's use of our union dues and COPE money for questionable causes and political action that gives its members no say in the matter. Since the union leadership feels that its members don't count when it comes how they spend our money, this post is dedicated to those members, who believe as I do, that our hard earned money should not go to our quail eating leadership or supporting a racial arsonist like Al Sharpton, who has never apologized for his false rape accusations, anti-Semitic statements, or his failure to pay his overdue taxes, like the rest of us are required to do. All our money should be going to making our profession better and the classroom a less hostile place. The union took in $6 million dollars of COPE contributions last year and that should be used for the members, nobody else!
If you want to withdraw your COPE contributions, one of my anonymous commenters was kind enough to supply the information. Below, in red is the procedure.
How to cancel your COPE contributions from your paychecks:
Please send a fax requesting to cancel your COPE contribution. The information they need from you is displayed below.
They will send a cancellation card to your address on file along with a pre-paid return envelope so that you can fill out the card and send it back right away. As part of procedure, they must also receive the following fax from you:
RE: COPE Cancellation
TO: Danny Corum, COPE Coordinator
My name is ___________, File # _______________. I would like to cancel my COPE contribution as soon as possible.
Please do not forget to sign and print your name on the fax. The fax should be sent to (212)510-6435. Your contribution will be cancelled when they receive the fax and the cancellation card back from you. Please do not hesitate to contact them at (212)598-6826 or at email@example.com should you have further questions.
United Federation of Teachers
Legislation & Political Action
52 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Maybe if enough of the members stop contributing to COPE, our union leadership might get the message and start listening to member concerns and not misuse money for their own personal ideology and needs.