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SAN ANTONIO (July 2, 2019) — Today, the Firefighter’s Union decided to break off mediation negotiations with the City and invoke their unilateral right to call for arbitration under Proposition C. The City will honor the confidentiality obligations of mediation and not disclose the discussions or content of proposals. However, we offered a generous, affordable and balanced compensation and health care proposal that would have maintained our firefighters as the best compensated in the state.
“While we will continue to focus our efforts on developing a budget for Council consideration that meets the City’s needs in light of current fiscal constraints,” said City Manager Erik Walsh. “The Firefighter’s Union elected to pursue arbitration—we will prepare for that process. We remain committed to reaching a collective bargaining agreement that is fair to our employees and fiscally responsible for our taxpayers.”
“We had hoped to reach a collective bargaining agreement through this mediation process and we greatly appreciate the tremendous efforts of our mediator, former Texas Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson,” said City Attorney Andy Segovia.
The City of San Antonio’s negotiating team has met with the Fire Union 19 times since they agreed to come to the bargaining table in February of this year. After ten meetings, the parties agreed to mediation on April 17 to facilitate a more productive dialogue.