Collective Action Teams

Our CATs were born as Contract Action Teams in 2015. They have been a hugely successful part of our Fighting Today for A Better Tomorrow Contract Campaign. Building on the activism of Contract Action Teams, CATs have changed their names to: Collective Action Teams. Now in addition to contract campaigns, CATS will educate, agitate, organize, and mobilize members and allies to build a culture of collective action and help members become a stronger part of all of the union’s campaigns.

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Latest Collective Action Team News

March 16, 2020

The CATs Next Life

With the successful conclusion of the interest arbitration process, it is time for the CATs to continue Fighting Today...

March 11, 2020

We Have a New Union Contract!!

The big news is in – 200,000 postal workers represented by the APWU have a new union contract!

September 27, 2019

APWU Workers Testify During Interest Arbitration Hearings

During the interest arbitration hearings on September 24 and 25, the APWU brought members from the workroom floor to...

September 6, 2019

Band Together & Stick with the Union During Interest Arbitration

Band Together & Stick with the Union During Interest Arbitration

Collective Action Teams in Action!

What CATs do

Contract Action Teams participate in the life of our union by engaging and strengthening our ability to campaign together for our shared priorities.


  • Facilitating contract campaigns during national and local negotiation periods
  • Assisting APWU national/local/state unions with mobilizing members for specific days of action (for example Tax Day, Workers’ Memorial Day, Congress Call-In Days, Postal Heritage Day, etc.)
  • Support and spread National APWU campaigns’ information and calls to action, including Stand Up for Safe Jobs, U.S. Mail: Not for Sale, A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service, Campaign for Postal Banking.
  • Assist locals and local officers with workplace disputes with management by organizing local solidarity efforts.
  • Reaching out and showing solidarity with other unions and community allies in their fights for justice.
  • Increase APWU membership at USPS workplaces across the country by speaking to non-members about the union.