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City Suspends Collective Bargaining Agreement with Firefighters Association

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - City officials walked away from the negotiating table Wednesday morning as they were trying to cement a new contract with Corpus Christi firefighters. The Firefighters Association said that it is now working on a response to the City's action.

That answer will come as soon as the Union's attorney looks over the City's demands that the Union stop negotiating the contract in public.

Over the years, talks between the Fire Union and the City have been contentious. The new contract talks began in April, and until Wednesday, there was nothing explosive that had come out of their face-to-face meetings.

That all changed Wednesday morning when the City read a cease and desist letter to the Fire Union, saying that many issues the Union has been talking about in public, on social media and on billboards around town are the same issues in the contract, and that is a violation of their collective bargaining agreement.

Kiii News Reporter Michael Gibson looked into the issue and came back with more details.