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Why Your Union Needs a Contract Action Team and How to Make One

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Published: February 16, 2024
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What is a Contract Action Team? 

A Contract Action Team, or CAT, is an internal union network of member activists created to engage and activate members using a two-way pipeline of communication.  

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Our Voice = Our Power

When we unite and speak truth to power, we can have an enormous impact. That’s why our members join together to create a future where schools are funded, educators are supported, and students are thriving.

Keeping the Promise of Public Education

ESEA is the largest ESP local in the United States and is a full-service employee association which is an affiliate of the Nevada State Education Association (NSEA) and the National Education Association (NEA), the largest national association representing education employees in the United States.