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Cabot Dow Associates (CDA) is a leader among management negotiators, specializing in labor-management relations, labor contract negotiations, alternative dispute resolution and human resource management issues. The CDA consulting practice focuses on sustaining long-term relationships, balancing employer and employee interests, sharing risks, and promoting excellence in the stewardship of financial resources–while representing management in bilateral labor negotiations, mediation, fact-finding and binding interest arbitration.

CDA negotiations consulting has specialized in the public safety sector of management and labor relations in Washington State for many years.  CDA also represents private sector employers who have offices in Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada, California as well as Washington State.  Cabot Dow has recently bargained successor labor agreements with organized labor in Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Spokane, Seattle and Tri-Cities markets.

CDA consulting is often the management negotiations representative of choice.  CDA often coordinates its work with the employer’s legal counsel, if needed.  The Cabot Dow team specializes in customized area market assessments and compensation projects in support of negotiations, mediation and interest arbitration (e.g., to resolve contracts covering police officers, firefighters, ems and other essential personnel).

CDA consulting uses a blend of collaborative and traditional approaches to negotiations.  CDA is daily engaged in developing and following guiding principles established by employers, making labor negotiations plans and pursuing a determined course of action.

CDA consulting has over eighty years of experience in public and private sector management and, specifically, in structuring compensation, negotiations and administration of collective bargaining agreements. Each negotiator and consultant has a broad understanding of dispute resolution and expertise in how private and public agencies operate.  This includes compensation systems, the structure of organizations, the role of elected officials, private boards and public commissions in setting labor policy.

CDA consulting team members are persistent in addressing the need to recruit and retain quality employees, being responsive to customers who are, in turn, responsible for providing professional public and profitable private services — all within a culture of thrift.  Our Consulting services help clients successfully navigate a rapidly evolving business and human resources environment, helping clients improve interactions with their most important partners–their customers.