APWU Members Can Now Contribute to COPA Online
APWU Web News Article #18-06, March 23, 2006
APWU members can now help the union fight for their interests with the click of a mouse: The union’s Committee on Political Action (COPA) has made it possible for contributions to be made online.
“A healthy COPA fund strengthens the union — whether we are preparing for contract negotiations or ensuring that consolidations and postal ‘reform’ legislation do not hurt postal workers and consumers,” said APWU president William Burrus.
“This year we have an excellent opportunity to help elect more legislators who will stand up for postal employees and working families,” Burrus continued, “and we are hopeful APWU members will take advantage of this new, easy way to contribute.”
The new COPA feature on the APWU’s Web site uses state-of-the-art security measures to protect contributors’ personal and financial information. COPA accepts online transactions from credit cards issued by MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. Online COPA contributors will receive an online acknowledgement of their donations, which will be credited toward the fund-raising targets established for their local and state organizations.
Janice Kelble, the union’s national COPA field coordinator, welcomed the program. “Now, APWU members can support the union’s legislative and political efforts more efficiently,” she said. “Contributing online takes just a few minutes.”
Online contributors can make one-time only donations, or they can choose to make recurring contributions. “Recurring donations are a painless way to give a modest amount on a regular basis,” Kelble said. “This kind of steady funding helps the most, and it enables COPA to better plan and budget for its activities.”
In 2005, APWU members contributed more than $1.13 million to COPA, marking the third year in a row in which the union raised more than a million. “I applaud those who have been working to protect their future by contributing to COPA, but I know we can do better this year,” Burrus said. “If every member joins the effort, we can raise $2 million in 2006.”
To contribute, visit the APWU COPA pages of the union’s Web site, www.apwu.org.