The firefighters union and City of San Antonio have agreed to another deadline extension for labor contract negotiations, according to union and City spokespeople.
Firefighters union head Chris Steele says his group faces a tough battle getting voters to support Councilman Greg Brockhouse (D6) for mayor.
The parties now will have until April 21 to settle on a new collective bargaining agreement.
The City accepted the firefighter union’s proposal to extend labor contract negotiations for 15 days, but it proposes the use of a third-party mediator.
City lead negotiator Jeff Londa accused the union of staging a political stunt by ordering Chick-fil-A for lunch and said meeting rooms were too cold.
City Manager Erik Walsh showed up at the labor talks to demonstrate the city’s commitment to arriving at a fair and balanced deal.
The firefighters union is proposing a trust to manage its health care, but the City’s labor negotiators said the proposal isn’t specific enough.
The union’s lead negotiator said the fire union needs to have all of the health care costs from the past 10 years to back their demands.
Among other proposals, the fire union wants to establish a union-managed health care trust, taking oversight of its health care plan away from the City.
The two negotiating teams met Friday morning to trade their first proposals aimed at ending a more than four-year stalemate.