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CONTACT: Chris Steele, President of the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association Local 624, (210) 699-9400
Sept. 13, 2016
Judge sides with SAPFFA, says two City of San Antonio employees can be deposed in unfair bargaining practices case
SAN ANTONIO, TX - The San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association is pleased Tuesday after a judge ruled two employees with the City of San Antonio finance and risk management departments can be deposed by SAPFFA.
“We have yet again won another important milestone in our ongoing legal matters with the City of San Antonio,” said President Chris Steele of SAPFFA. “Another judge has sided with our organization in allowing us to answer questions about the City of San Antonio’s unfair bargaining practices.”
SAPFFA is currently being sued by City of San Antonio officials over a contract that they themselves agreed to in 2009. Judge Martha Tanner sided with SAPFFA in Dec. 2015, confirming the contract was valid and binding.
“We cannot have a reasonable discussion over our contract when we are being sued,” said Steele. “We believe the City of San Antonio is utilizing unfair bargaining practices, and therefore, we cannot effectively negotiate with them during this time.”
SAPFFA has frequently stated it will begin negotiations within 30 days of the City of San Antonio dropping its lawsuit.
In May 2016, a district judge also sided with SAPFFA, ruling that San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley and Mayor Ivy Taylor could be deposed by SAPFFA. Tuesday’s ruling from Judge John Gabriel with the 131st District Court allows SAPFFA to depose two City employees with the Risk Management department.
“We have again won the right to investigate whether City of San Antonio officials are acting in good faith with this lawsuit,” said Steele. “The legal matters they have perpetuated over nearly two years have wasted taxpayer dollars and have ultimately fractured a trust between public officials and first responders who have sworn to protect them.”