South Bay Labor Council

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  • The South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council is currently celebrating over a half-century as a chartered organization. The Labor Council represents over a hundred unions in Santa Clara and San Benito counties and over 110,000 union members.
  • The Labor Council is involved in many programs that are directly intended to improve the lives of working families in the Bay Area … (Homepage).

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Address: South Bay Labor Council, 2102 Almaden Road, Suite 107, San Jose, CA 95125, USA;


Jobs with a Future:

The new economic realities of our world-leading region requires better-trained and more skilled workers than ever before. We believe business, unions, educators and neighborhood groups can work together to create new and better training opportunities. It’s also up to employers to honor the skills and productivity of of the workforce by offering the quality wages and benefits area employees have earned.

Keeping Government Accountable:

In America, we’re not our government’s customers, we’re it’s owners. It’s time to require elected officials to clearly demonstrate the economic and social benefit to the community of costly projects they propose. We need to challenge the city to ensure that we are of the return on investment to the community following the investment of our tax dollars in development.

Healthier Families:

In Santa Clara County we made history by becoming the first county in America to offer affordable healthcare for every child. Now it’s time to explore the next step: seeing that every adult, regardless of income, is able to gain access to the healthcare they need.

Affordable Housing:

Today, too many workers, even lifelong residents, are unable to afford the cost of renting an apartment, let alone a home mortgage. We’re convinced that, by joining forces, government and business can create the affordable new housing we need, while protecting the housing we already have.

Caring About Kids:

By investing in quality public schools, we ensure that we are giving our children the running start they’ll need to succeed. But we can’t stop there. We also need to offer educational child care for preschoolers. That means providing the training and compensation it takes to attract and retain childcare professionals.

The Endorsement Process:

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

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.


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.


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.


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.

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