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Locals join CLEAT Lobby Team as Legislature heats up

April 14, 2015 • Capitol Report

Local members join the CLEAT Lobby Team at the Capitol.

Local members join the CLEAT Lobby Team at the Capitol.

Representatives from several affiliated locals are in Austin this week to stand strong with the CLEAT Lobby Team to support good bills and fight the bad ones.

Among the bad ones targeted by CLEAT and the locals is House Bill 4042 by Houston Rep. Carol Alvarado.  The bill, if it passes, it could pit county jailers and detention officers against regular county sheriff’s peace officers at the bargaining table in agencies that have collective bargaining. Continue Reading »

Wrongly fired officer in Temple reinstated with CLEAT’s help

April 6, 2015 • Law Review

Casey  Bales and Craig Driskell

Officer Bales and Craig Driskell

A Temple police officer who intervened to protect civilians from being spat on by an unruly shoplifting suspect was awarded his job back after an arbitration hearing.

The officer, Casey Bales, was represented by CLEAT Staff Attorney Craig Driskell. Bales was called to a department store in May 2013 to assist a fellow officer who had been assaulted by the suspect. Once the suspect was subdued, handcuffed and detained in the store’s loss-prevention office, the suspect spit several times and used abusive language toward those present.

The incident was recorded by security video. Continue Reading »

Rainy night recruiting pays off in Harris County

April 6, 2015 • Around the State

California Casualty Representative Brandon Watson and a Harris County officer signing up new CLEAT members .

California Casualty Representative Brandon Watson and a Harris County officer signing up new CLEAT members.

Now here’s a silver lining for working all night in the rain.

CLEAT Organizer Janet Cole and Brandon Watson of CLEAT preferred provider California Casualty were part of all-night recruiting effort in Harris County that ended with 50 new members signing up. Continue Reading »