Photo credit: San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association
Feb. 20–The San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association on Tuesday announced a campaign that, among other things, targets the city manager.
Calling it the "San Antonio First" campaign, union boss Chris Steele said his organization is partnering with others — ranging from the COPS/Metro Alliance to former local tea party president George Rodriguez — to seek voter signatures on three separate petitions, all calling for changes to the city charter.
Walker Moore, the interim lead organizer for COPS/Metro, told the San Antonio Express-News that the alliance sent an organizer to the press conference in support of the fire union, which is a COPS/Metro member. The organization, however, has not taken a position on the union’s campaign for the three charter amendments.
The union is seeking a charter amendment that would force the municipality into arbitration rather than litigation when there’s an impasse over collective bargaining agreement negotiations between the city and its public-safety unions.
The group also wants to make it easier to petition the city for changes to its ordinances and other local issues, suggesting that the city’s elevated threshold for such petitions is too onerous. Steele said the union wants the threshold reduced to the state minimum.
And, Steele said, the union wants to cap the city manager’s salary at 10 times the lowest city salary and place a term limit on the city manager’s job. This year, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, in the final year of her current contract, is earning $475,000 and received a $75,000 bonus for her 2017 performance.
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