Texas is a right-to-work state. However, Texas law allows for firefighters and police officers of a City to organize for collective bargaining. The rights to collective bargaining by the police and firefighters allow these public employees to organize into unions and to negotiate actively with their employer city for adjustments in pay, benefits, hours, and other terms of their employment. Strikes are prohibited. Uniformed employees through their associations have written collective bargaining agreements which range from 1-5 years.
In separate elections in 1974, San Antonio voters approved collective bargaining for the City’s Firefighters and Police Officers. Since that time, the City and the Associations for the Firefighters and Police Officers have entered into collective bargaining agreements. The current collective bargaining agreements that the City has with the Police Officer Association and the Firefighters Association expire September 30, 2014. The process to review, discuss, and negotiate new agreements usually takes weeks. This process is currently underway.
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