Commentary: Whether the results of arbitration favor the City or its firefighters, it looks like union President Chris Steele will come away unscathed.
San Antonio’s most divisive and bitterly fought mayoral campaign in memory came to an end Saturday as Mayor Ron Nirenberg narrowly edged challenger and District 6 City Councilman Greg Brockhouse.
Commentary: There is an old tabloid newspaper saying that some stories are “too good to check.” This is one of them.
Commentary: Even as he promises transparency, mayoral candidate Councilman Greg Brockhouse is not showing voters his cards on the long standoff with the fire union.
Commentary: Firefighters are misrepresenting the election as a vote for or against first responders. That’s deliberately deceptive, writes Robert Rivard.
In their opening offers on wages and health care, the fire union and the City clearly aren’t speaking to each other. My guess is they’re speaking to The Arbitrator.
City Attorney Andy Segovia affirmed that the new rule established by Proposition C is an “available tool” in labor talks with the firefighters.
Union leader Chris Steele seems to be stalling until his Council champion decides on a mayoral run. In the meantime, some believe he’s trying to gain control of the District 2 seat.
The reality that San Antonio still faces is that public safety benefits and pension costs have become a worsening drag on City finances.
One week after it dropped a controversial lawsuit, the City has not heard from the firefighters union or its representatives about contract talks.