SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – The police reform group called Fix SAPD has gathered enough petition signatures to place collective bargaining on the May ballot.
City Clerk Tina Flores received the petitions from Fix SAPD on January 8 seeking to repeal collective bargaining rights for police officers under Chapter 174.
“I have completed the review of the petitions and found that there are a sufficient number of valid signatures, as required by State law, to certify the petition. The potential repeal of Chapter 174 will be placed before the voters on the next uniform election date, May 1, 2021,” Flores said.
City Council will order the election on February 11, 2021.
In a written response to KTSA News, Danny Diaz, President of the San Antonio Police Officers Association, believes defunding police is Fix SAPD’s ultimate goal.
“Nevertheless, SAPOA plans on working hard between now and election day to inform voters about how important
collective bargaining (Chapter 174) is to recruiting top-notch police officers who will keep our neighborhoods safe and to ensuring the Police Chief and the City continue to have flexibility in hiring, promotions, discipline, and boosting diversity within the Department,” Diaz said.
Ananda Tomas, deputy director of Fix SAPD, says their goal is to hold officers accountable.
“That’s all we are focused on, is police accountability. There are better options where we can take care of our good officers, fire bad officers and protect our citizens under meet and confer,” Tomas told KTSA News.
After working tirelessly to collect enough petition signatures to put Chapter 174 on the ballot, Fix SAPD will now try to convince San Antonio residents to vote to repeal collective bargaining.
“You now have a voice and a choice on what policing looks like in your community,” said Tomas.
The current collective bargaining agreement expires Sept. 30, but it includes an 8-year “evergreen clause.” Talks are expected to begin this month. If no new agreement is reached, the current one could be in effect until 2029.