The CBA should nevertheless be finalized by a vote of the members of the San Antonio Police Officers Association.
SAN ANTONIO- NOTE: The video above is from a March 2021 story.
On Wednesday, city leaders reached out to representatives of the San Antonio Police Officers Association (SAPOA) about a new contract that officers say will provide health care stability, higher salaries and ” Modern Liability Practices” to Alamo City Officers.
The new collective bargaining agreement had been in the works for months, officials told KENS 5, but the contract still needs to be finalized with a vote by SAPOA members.
“Given the history of previous labor negotiations, I am personally pleased that the City of San Antonio and the new management of SAPOA have been ready to reach an agreement in approximately one year, in which each party agrees that it is good for the general public and good for our uniformed officers and their families,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg told KENS 5 in a press release.
SAPOA President Danny Diaz was also optimistic about the tentative agreement, saying “both parties have consistently worked toward our shared goals of providing a contract that protects police officers, while addressing concerns of the community regarding the future of law enforcement and police accountability”.
Some of these concerns lately have come from local black activists. In 2021, the group Fix SAPD organized a grassroots effort to repeal the collective bargaining rights of San Antonio officers, saying there are barriers in place that “protect bad cops” after they violated division coverage. .
The measure finally passed voters in May of the same year, but failed.
No timeline was introduced on when a SAPOA vote to formalize the new ABC would possibly take place, other than Diaz saying affiliate members could be notified “over the next few weeks.”