CLEAT was the first law enforcement organization to negotiate collective bargaining contracts in Texas. We have the highest qualified staff of full-time negotiators and some of our employment contracts are recognized as the best in Texas and some of the best in the nation.
We currently negotiate 77% of all law enforcement employment contracts in Texas. Recently, a national article recognized the 25 best police departments in the nation. #1 was Austin, #2 San Antonio, and #16 Fort Worth, all contracts negotiated by CLEAT.
When we say we are the best, we can back it up with facts.
Our negotiators aren’t the best just because they were all former police officers. Instead, they are the best because they are educated, trained and experienced. They work hard to listen to the local association’s needs and balance that with what it possible.
CLEAT negotiators study the trends, stay ahead of the arguments from the other side while professionally seeking the best agreement possible for the officers. Rest assured that if war breaks out at the negotiating table you will want the people there who will stand strong with you and not collapse or take the management side or sell you out when the political climate gets tough.
We take our work seriously and we use the latest tools like salary surveys to bring our members the best information they can use during negotiations. In fact, CLEAT has an exclusive relationship with PolicePay.Net. They are the police salary and pay experts nationally.
The CLEAT Union Services team knows the difference between a good contract and the city’s spin cycle.
CLEAT negotiators look at the landscape in a holistic way. If it’s time to challenge something legally the CLEAT attorneys will be there as back-up in a flash. If things go bad with the politicians at the table and it’s time to bring in the firepower, CLEAT negotiators will not hesitate to call in the political messaging pro’s to take the issue to the media and influence the outcome through the local voters.
CLEAT is more than just the experts in collective bargaining contracts. We are the partners of the local officers and their association. We don’t stand up beside the city manager and tell you to take whatever is offered. We believe negotiations should be treated seriously. Collective bargaining is a right given exclusively to officers by the voters. We believe that officer pay should be commensurate to the risk involved in protecting Texas.
We take our role in your contract negotiations just as seriously as we do representing you legally or fighting to protect your rights in the Capitol. We see collective bargaining and meet and confer rights as your right to the path of self-determination. We believe that every officer in Texas should one day be covered by an employment contract.
With CLEAT negotiators, you don’t just get a former cop—you get the best.
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