Each AFL-CIO Central Labor Council has a Committee on Political Education (COPE). The COPE Committee interviews all candidates for public office within the jurisdiction of the CLC. The Committee then makes recommendations to the delegate body at a regular monthly meeting of the Central Labor Council. The delegates either approve or disapprove the recommendations. Approved recommendations for local offices such as counties, cities, school boards, fire districts, sewer districts, etc. then become the formal endorsement.
Recommendations for state and federal offices are forwarded to the State AFL-CIO for their consideration. The State AFL-CIO Executive Board then votes on these recommendations. The approved recommendations are presented to the delegates at the next State AFL-CIO convention for formal endorsement.