Fourth Court of Appeals rules not to block charter amendments proposed by firefighters' union

SAN ANTONIO – The Fourth Court of Appeals ruled not to block three charter amendments proposed by the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association on the November ballot.

The amendments, if passed by voters, would make changes to the city's charter.

One amendment is for a salary cap and term limits on the position of city manager. The second would allow the firefighters' union to bypass contract negotiations and go straight to arbitration. The third would lessen the requirements for people to stop the City Council from taking action.

The firefighters' union gathered enough signatures to put the amendments on the ballot.

Christian Archer, with Secure San Antonio's Future, a political action committee that has sued the union, said the PAC will appeal to the Texas Supreme Court, but they are also preparing to “beat these proposals at the ballot box.”

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