The Michigan Path to Power Program (P2P) is a project of the Michigan AFL-CIO, our affiliates, local labor bodies and close partners to identify, recruit, and elect candidates to run for local government offices. Our goal is to shift the power in local government to favor stronger pro-worker policies and develop a bench of candidates to move into higher office. 

Questions? Email our Campaigns Director Conner Wood at

Michigan AFL-CIO COPE (Committee on Political Education) is how we fight back against laws that threaten our rights to unionize and against policies that favor the wealthy instead of the middle class. The COPE fund supports candidates who are supportive of Michigan’s working families at the state level of government, regardless of party affiliation. If a candidate expresses he or she wants to be a champion of Michigan workers and their families, Michigan AFL-CIO COPE will help that candidate get into office to do just that. Only lawmakers who stand up for working families deserve organized labor’s financial support!

When you and your co-workers come together to form a union, you get the right to negotiate with your employer over wages, benefits and working conditions. No matter what the industry you are in, or the labor law that covers it, the process for forming a union is similar.

  1. Get together with your co-workers who may share a common interest in organizing a union.
  2. Talk to a union organizer in order to strategize and to learn the next steps.
  3. Talk to your co-workers to build support for the union.
  4.  Show that support through an election or a card-check once you have a strong majority.

Once your union is official, you’ll choose your leaders and negotiate a contract. The process is democratic, and the more inclusive you can be, the stronger your union will be.

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