Screenshot of San Antonio Police Officer Association President Mike Helle.

Police Union Takes Aim at City Leaders

Only two days after Mayor Ivy Taylor took the oath of office, the San Antonio Police Officer Association released a 4:28 video to its rank and file Thursday laying down the gauntlet against city leaders and promising a member-funded public relations offensive defending the union’s rich benefits package.

Ron Delord, representing the SAPD Union, sits at the head of the conference table to the left of Houston lawyer Jeff Londa, who is representing the City of San Antonio with Fort Worth attorney Bettye Lynn (far right) during contract negotiations on April 29, 2014. Photo by Robert Rivard.

City, San Antonio Police Union Swap Proposals

On the surface, Tuesday’s fourth round of collective bargaining talks were cordial enough as a dozen people – seven for the police union, five for the City of San Antonio – shared a conference room table to make their respective presentations and swap proposals.

Photo courtesy of SAPD.

Police Talks Abruptly Canceled After Union Changes Lawyers

The most anticipated session in collective bargaining talks between the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Police Officers Association that was set for today was canceled by the police union after its newly retained lawyer emailed a letter (download a PDF copy here) to city negotiators canceling all “bargaining sessions preset by the parties.”