The CAPS Member Action Committee (MAC) was established as an ad-hoc committee in 2016. In 2022, the MAC focused its efforts on supporting CAPS bargaining efforts by planning and implementing action campaigns in support of bargaining, organizing State Scientists to participate in those union actions, recruiting and training worksite leaders, and building beneficial coalitions. The MAC created the CAPS Contract Action Team (CAT) to facilitate communication at worksites, and to identify and build a statewide network of CAPS leaders dedicated to organizing state scientists and building and maintaining our collective power.
Are you a CAPS Member? Then join the Contract Action Team (CAT) today!
Membership in the Contract Action Team is available to CAPS Union Members, and there are several different ways to participate in the CAT:
CAT “Activists” stay informed with contract news from their CAT Worksite Leader and the Bargaining Team. Each Activist assists Worksite Leaders in planning and implementation of union actions and communicates information about the contract campaign to State Scientists at their worksite. CAT Activists may also be delegated special assignments by the MAC.
CAT “Worksite Leaders” serve as points of contact to coordinate and communicate with fellow State Scientists at their worksites, including CAT Activists, and motivate them to take action in support of bargaining efforts. Each Worksite Leader should be responsible for about ten (10) of their fellow rank-and-file State Scientists that they see, talk with, and work with on a regular basis (e.g., within their program).
CAT “Coordinators” serve as a point of contact to coordinate with CAT Worksite Leaders and the MAC, and they plan and mobilize union actions approved by the MAC. There should be one (1) CAT Coordinator for every (10) CAT Worksite Leaders.
The MAC and CAT will continually prepare for and implement actions during contract negotiations, in collaboration with the CAPS Bargaining Committee, union officers and others, to win a fair contract. You can make a difference!
Have questions about the CAT? Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.