Day one of contract negotiations between the City and firefighters union was generally amicable, but there was at least one point that each side bristled at.
The lead negotiator for the City of San Antonio arrived at collective bargaining talks Tuesday with a counter-offer to the proposal put on the table by the San Antonio Police Officers Association a week ago.
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.
The chief negotiator for the San Antonio Police Officer Association said the union’s health care expert is analyzing a proposal delivered by the City of San Antonio’s chief negotiator that could lead to renewed collective bargaining talks between the two sides, which broke off more than a month ago.
Lawyers for the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Police Officers Association met for a fifth round of collective bargaining Monday, but the issues dividing the two sides only grew more pronounced.
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.
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.”