Citizen Action for Political Education (CAPE) Council

Overview of CAPE Council Duties

CAPE Council Members (delegates) are responsible for helping to lead the political program of the Union. This includes:

  • communicating about politics among your co-workers;
  • fundraising for CAPE among your co-workers;
  • participating in lobby days, phone banks, and canvasses; 
  • recruiting co-workers to lobby days, phone banks, and canvasses; and
  • leading in the candidate interview and endorsement process.

For the Union to have an effective political program, we need to significantly increase member engagement. CAPE leaders have a unique perspective on the impact of politics on our members’ lives that we need to share. 

Our union has a very active political program that includes:

  • Direct lobbying in the capitol on issues ranging from improving public services to affordable health care to economic fairness on workers’ rights;
  • Grass-roots lobbying at legislative town halls and through phone calls and letters;
  • Member education and training on the political process;
  • Lobbying for political support on organizing drives, bargaining, and worksite challenges;
  • Active support for and against candidates for public office; and
  • SEIU Local 503 works on local, state, and federal issues.

We need CAPE Council members who will be engaged in as many of these activities as possible.

The CAPE Council makes recommendations to the 503 Board of Directors on endorsements in local and statewide candidate elections. The CAPE Council and its Executive Committee make spending decisions of CAPE funds on candidate contributions.

The term of office is November 1, 2019 through October 31, 2021.