Monday, November 29, 2021

City’s Labor Relations Team Gears Up for Talks on Public Safety Agreements

Negotiations with Unions, Slated to Begin Nov. 30, will be Streamed Live Online 

The City of Austin will enter negotiations with labor unions over the next few months to negotiate new labor agreements as the current agreements expire.

The City's Labor Relations Office is set to commence talks with the Austin EMS Association at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 30. Both the Police and Fire negotiations will begin after the new year. 

This year, in an extra effort toward transparency, and to help facilitate social distancing during COVID-19, the public is invited to watch the negotiations live on YouTube at
The negotiation session dates will be published on the Labor Relations Office's webpage.

"We look forward to working cooperatively with each of the Fire, Police and EMS associations to reach agreements that benefit both Austin residents and our public safety employees," said Deven Desai, Chief Labor Relations Officer for the City of Austin. "While this will be a challenging time to negotiate from both a fiscal and COVID-19 standpoint, we remain committed to transparency and fairness." 

The Labor Relations Office will lead negotiations for the City with representation from various City departments. Tentative agreements between the negotiating teams are subject to ratification by the unions and approval of City Council. 

The City currently has three public safety labor agreements in place, with Police, EMS and Fire departments. All three are due to end on Sept. 30, 2022, although the Police contract includes a 6-month provision where the current agreement will remain in effect should the parties fail to negotiate a successor agreement. 

Current Agreements 

Austin Police Department:

Austin/Travis County EMS:

Austin Fire Department:

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