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Firefighters union takes to Facebook in benefits battle

SAN ANTONIO – Thursday saw new developments in the collective bargaining negotiations between the city and the police and fire unions.

The San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association took to Facebook with its latest jab in the fight.

A picture was posted on the association's page with the post: "Sheryl Sculley should shut up."

The picture shows fire and EMS helping a patient with the caption "Overpaid firefighters -- It's not like they do anything important."

However, the people shown in the picture are not San Antonio firefighters.

The fire union has refused to sit down with the city until they get all the information they need for negotiations.

But city officials say that information is available and they're ready to negotiate.

The city is asking police and firefighters to begin paying for their health care coverage.

Thursday afternoon, city spokeswoman Di Galvan issued the following response:

"The City respects and appreciates its firefighters and police officers. It's unfortunate the unions continue to disseminate negative communications as a diversion to negotiating an affordable collective bargaining agreement. There have been no personal attacks from the City toward either union."