Interview With Attorney and Author Ron DeLord



Will Aitchison interviews Ron DeLord, the founder of Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT). In addition to being an attorney and experienced contract negotiator, Ron is a published author and respected historian of the law enforcement labor movement.

TimestampTopic
0:00Introduction.
04:10Ron’s background.
07:15Founding of CLEAT.
11:28The unique approach to law enforcement collective bargaining in Texas.
19:33Books authored by Ron.
23:55The police union movement in Texas.
27:00The influence of Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals.
30:10Ballot measures dealing with police oversight.
43:45The trend towards progressive prosecutors.
50:10How do recent trends affect the future of policing?
56:28Using Chicago as a metaphor, what sort of advice would Ron give to a big-city police union facing a myriad of issues?
1:05:36How binding arbitration and meet-and-confer differ in getting the best deal for members.
1:11:47Ron’s take on boycotts lead by police unions, including those of Nike, Dunkin’ Donuts and Beyoncé, and national police unions’ involvement in politics.