The City of San Antonio seeks a collective bargaining contract with the fire union that is

fair to

uniform employees

and affordable

to taxpayers.

San Antonio is the only major city in Texas where uniform employees pay $0 healthcare premiums for their dependents.

THE FACTS

Unsustainable

Benefits

San Antonio firefighters may be the only municipal employees in the state who pay no monthly premiums for healthcare for themselves or their dependents. Healthcare is the fastest-growing portion of the public safety budget, which already consumes nearly 66% of the General Fund. Total compensation for the average firefighter in San Antonio is more than $145,000.

See how healthcare costs for San Antonio firefighters stack up against other uniform and civilian City employees.

Unconstitutional

Clause

The most recent contract with the fire union expired in September 2014, which means firefighters has not received a pay raise since then. However, an “evergreen clause” in the contract provides an automatic 10-year extension to the contract, allowing healthcare costs to continue increasing while providing no true motivation for the fire union to come to the bargaining table.

 

The City believes the "evergreen clause" is unconstitutional and has asked the courts to intervene. 

View the City’s brief to the Texas Supreme Court here.

Unwillingness to

Negotiate

The only way to negotiate a new contract is for the two sides—the City and the fire union—to come to the table. Despite 10 formal written requests from the City, the fire union refuses to participate in negotiations.  The police union did negotiate, and a mediated settlement in 2016 resulted in $87.5 million in healthcare cost avoidance.

 

Invitations to the fire union:

Feb. 19, 2014

March 4, 2014

March 13, 2014

March 24, 2014

April 4, 2014

June 18, 2014

Sept. 17, 2014

May 30, 2014

Aug. 16, 2017

March 7, 2018

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