Mediator says city, fire union negotiations at impasse

City, fire union confirm impasse

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SAN ANTONIO - A mediator for negotiations between the city of San Antonio and the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association declared the two at an impasse Monday.

The two had been in court-mandated mediation since January.

At the center of the dispute is the 10-year "evergreen clause."

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The fire union's collective bargaining agreement with the city expired Sept. 30, 2014, but because of that 10-year "evergreen clause" in the contract, the terms and benefits continue until 2024.

“We can confirm that the mediator declared an impasse today,” City Attorney Andy Segovia said in a statement. “Both parties are bound by the confidentiality obligations related to mediation.”

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In a letter to members of the fire union, leaders said, “This mediation process offers no further opportunity for coming to a mutually beneficial, financially sustainable and approvable contract.”

The city reached a mediated settlement with the police union last year that gave all officers pay raises and for the first time had them contribute to the cost of providing healthcare for their families.

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