Proposition C, approved by voters in November 2018, gives the union the authority to call for a panel of arbitrators to decide terms of a labor contract.
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.
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.
The City proposed dropping an article of its contract with the fire union that outlines the duties of the full-time union president.
The sides agreed on four articles of the firefighters contract that need no changes and made headway on at least a dozen others that need adjustments.
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.
After more than four years of refusing to come to the table, the firefighters union wants to officially start labor contract negotiations with the City of San Antonio.