San Antonio: District 8 Councilman applauds approval of new collective bargaining agreement between City, Police Union

CONTACT: Pat Wallace

SAN ANTONIO (May 12, 2022) — Today, City Council voted to approve the collective bargaining agreement between the City of San Antonio and the local police union, the San Antonio Police Officer's Association (SAPOA). Following the vote, Councilman Pelaez issued the following statement:

"We have heard our neighbors loud and clear that they want a police contract that addresses flaws in the disciplinary process, that results in better trained officers, that brings competitive pay to help us recruit and retain excellent law enforcement officers, and that ensures our public safety spending is fiscally responsible. This contract delivers on those demands.

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Over the past two years, the city and SAPOA engaged in good faith negotiations that resulted in a final product that balances the disciplinary process, increases accountability for bad actors, ensures competitive pay to help us recruit and train officers, and improves the quality and community roots of officers through greater training requirements and new preference points for cadet applicants who reside in San Antonio.

The city successfully negotiated for the lion's share of what our community demanded and 86% of SAPOA membership endorsed the contract – reflecting the broad consensus behind our new contract.

The District 8 office would like to thank our City's negotiation team led by Deputy City Manager Maria Villagomez and First Assistant City Attorney Liz Provencio, as well as the SAPOA negotiators, for these transparent, honest, and forthright negotiations that yielded a new collective bargaining agreement of which our entire community can be proud."

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