San Antonio:
Letter to Terry Brechtel: September 13, 2001

Terry Brechtel
City Manager, City of San Antonio
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283-3966

September 13, 2001

Dear Ms. Brechtel:

Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you and your chief staff last week. We are hopeful that we have opened a dialogue that will be constructive for city workers on critical issues about their status, wages, benefits, and rights to organize.

I would like to report on our follow-up on some of the areas we discussed:

For the sake of clarity, I wanted to reiterate our position on a number of the issues that we discussed:

We appreciate your expression of openness on these issues and the fact that you are still reviewing our position before making a decision. We do want to continue to meet directly to attempt to resolve these issues.

At the same time we are concerned, as we expressed, at several of the positions articulated in the meeting, so we want to particularly impress on you our interest in continuing to engage these issues with you and your office:

We believe that ninety (90) days is more than enough for a city employee to be held in a temporary status. We can imagine no public justification for 120 days or more. The fact that personnel often ignored the civil service rule does not argue that there was a need to do so. In most conditions the only argument for such a lingering temporary status seems exploitative in order to reduce the city’s financial participation in its own employees. Two wrongs do not make a right in this situation.

A lot of work needs to be done, but we hope that we can schedule a meeting in the near future - before the end of September - in order to assess our progress and the relative merits of our positions on these issues.

Please contact me directly or our office in San Antonio at 226-1214 to schedule such a meeting.

Thank you again for joining us in struggling towards some progress last week on these matters.

Sincerely,

Wade Rathke
Chief Organizer