Office of the City Attorney
Collective Bargaining

Texas is a right-to-work state. However, 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 firefighters and police officers have entered into collective bargaining agreements for addressing pay, benefits, hours and other terms of employment. Strikes are prohibited by statute. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement the City has with the San Antonio Police Officers Association expires Sept. 30, 2021.

Current Negotiations

2021 City of San Antonio and San Antonio Police Officers Association (SAPOA) Collective Bargaining Negotiations

The City and SAPOA have agreed to meet on February 12, 2021 allowing for the transition of the Association’s new president. The first meeting will establish ground rules for the negotiations. Once negotiations begin, the two parties have a 60-day period to negotiate in good faith a new contract that would take effect when the current CBA expires September 30, 2021. Collective bargaining negotiation sessions will be livestreamed on this page.

Learn more about the City’s Collective Bargaining Agreement priorities by watching the January 20, 2021 B session briefing to the City Council. 



Note: Meetings are subject to change.


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March 30, 2021

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March 12, 2021

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February 26, 2021

February 12, 2021


Meeting Notices Archive




Note: Meetings are subject to change.

View the City’s recordings of the negotiation sessions.

Mediated sessions

Mediation: In November 2016, the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals ordered mediation between the City and the firefighters in an attempt to reach a new collective bargaining agreement in conjunction with resolving issues related to the unconstitutional debt issue raised by the “Evergreen” lawsuit. Mediation began on Jan. 13, 2017 and was subject to confidentiality by both parties. The mediator declared impasse on April 3, 2017. At the request of the Firefighters Union, the mediation sessions were videotaped by the City and the Firefighters Union. Also at the request of the Firefighters Union, the City worked with the Firefighters Union to publicly release the video of the mediation sessions.

View the City’s recordings of the mediated sessions and the accompanying presentations made by the City’s negotiating team.