North SA Chamber Labor Peace Agreement Recommendation Adopted by City Council

North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

CONTACT: Mary-Margaret Hasslocher

February 28, 2018

NORTH SAN ANTONIO CHAMBER COALITION RECOMMENDATION TO RESCIND LABOR PEACE AGREEMENT REQUIREMENT ADOPTED BY CITY COUNCIL

SAN ANTONIO, TX – A recommendation by the North San Antonio Chamber to rescind the Labor Peace Agreement (LPA) portion of The Food, Beverage, and Retail Prime Concessionaire (RFP 18-014) for San Antonio International Airport (SAT) was adopted by Mayor Ron Nirenberg on Wednesday following City Council B Session.

The direction to issue the RFP with this LPA clause was done without public input or a full understanding of the increased costs it would create for local food service businesses to compete for the contract.

“We appreciate the willingness of the Mayor Nirenberg and City Council to listen to the business community’s concerns and acknowledge stakeholder input is vital to good city governance”, said Cristina Aldrete, Executive Vice President of the North San Antonio Chamber.

The Labor Peace Agreement would “require that all solicitation documents and contracts for terminal concessions at SAT include a requirement to implement a labor peace agreement between the concessionaire, its affiliates and its subtenants, if any, and any requesting labor organizations which represent or reasonably might represent employees working as part of the prime concession agreement….”

Under these agreements, a private sector employer must secure an LPA with a union as a condition of doing business with the city.

The North San Antonio Chamber assembled an influential coalition comprised of San Antonio business owners and area pro-business advocacy groups to urge City Council and Mayor Nirenberg to remove the LPA portion of RFP 18-014.

The coalition is led by the North San Antonio Chamber and includes the San Antonio Restaurant Association, Associated Builders and Contractors – South Texas Chapter, San Antonio Chapter of Associated General Contractors, San Antonio Manufacturers Association, San Antonio Real Estate Council, and the San Antonio Tourism Council, among others.

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Founded in 1974, the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is proud to serve the San Antonio business community with an earned reputation as one of the state’s most dynamic advocacy organizations. The North San Antonio Chamber is resolute in their efforts to provide professional development, leadership recognition, and legislative advocacy for small businesses, cybersecurity, technology, transportation, and trade in Bexar County.

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mhasslocher@northsachamber.com

 

 

Duane Wilson, President and CEO of North San Antonio Chamber Announces Retirement

North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mary-Margaret Hasslocher
February 20, 2018

PRESIDENT AND CEO OF NORTH SAN ANTONIO CHAMBER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Duane Wilson, President and CEO of The North San Antonio Chamber will retire from his position effective June 30, 2018.

Wilson has served as President and CEO of the North San Antonio Chamber for 25 years.  He announced his retirement to the North San Antonio Chamber Executive Committee early Tuesday morning.

Wilson was active in transportation and infrastructure development in San Antonio.  He has served on various boards including San Antonio Mobility Coalition, Northside Lions Club, and the San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative.  Prior to joining the North San Antonio Chamber, Wilson served 26 years as the District Manager for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.

“Serving the North Chamber for the past 25 years has been an incredible opportunity and one that has greatly enhanced my professional and personal life.  It has been an honor to serve all the membership of this great business organization and the incredible group of volunteers that assist in the mission of the North Chamber.”

Wilson is a San Antonio native and graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University.  Duane is married to his wife, Bettie, and has two children and three grandchildren.

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Founded in 1974, the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is proud to serve the San Antonio business community with an earned reputation as one of the state’s most dynamic advocacy organizations.  The North San Antonio Chamber is resolute in their efforts to provide professional development, leadership recognition, and legislative advocacy for small businesses, cybersecurity, technology, transportation, and trade in Bexar County.

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Mary-Margaret Hasslocher, Director of Public Affairs

North San Antonio Chamber

(210) 273-3231

mhasslocher@northsachamber.com

North SA Chamber Opposes SA Airport RFP Labor Peace Agreement

 

February 8, 2018

NORTH SAN ANTONIO CHAMBER OPPOSES SAN ANTONIO AIRPORT RFP LABOR PEACE AGREEMENT

The City of San Antonio is preparing to move forward with a solicitation that represents a major change in contracting policy which could negatively impact local businesses.  On January 18, 2018, the City issued a request for proposal (“RFP”) for concessions at the airport.  The Food, Beverage, and Retail Prime Concessionaire for San Antonio International Airport (RFP 18-014) requires the selected private entity to enter into an agreement with a labor organization as a condition of receiving a City contract.

The alarming element to the RFP is the “Labor Peace Agreement Requirement” (LPA) which will “require that all solicitation documents and contracts for terminal concessions at SAT include a requirement to implement a labor peace agreement between the concessionaire, its affiliates and its subtenants, if any, and any requesting labor organizations which represent or reasonably might represent employees working as part of the prime concession agreement…”.

The LPA requirement serves as a significant policy change, and was added to the RFP at the request of City Council without public hearings or input from the San Antonio business community.  The LPA clause in the present RFP may set a precedent and cause local companies to feel pressured to unionize, forcing them to absorb additional costs to implement union requirements.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Freedom Initiative: “Labor peace ordinances come in many different forms, but they all have one essential purpose: to apply economic pressure on employers to compel them to grant organizing concessions to unions.”

Such concessions may include “card check,” where employers recognize a union based on signed cards, rather than by the results of a secret ballot election; “neutrality,” when employers refrain from expressing negative opinions about unions and does not intervene in organizing campaigns; and “workplace access,” when employers allow outside union organizers in the workplace” and are subject to sharing all employee contact information.

“In exchange, unions typically must promise not to strike, picket, or otherwise disrupt an employer’s operations…”.

Such a provision could have a real and negative effect on our members’ businesses if it becomes a requirement in all city contracts.  This puts small to medium-sized local businesses in San Antonio at a competitive disadvantage with larger national companies who can afford to operate on smaller profit margins. This also will send an unnerving message to companies looking to relocate to San Antonio, negatively affecting economic growth and business development in our city.

The North San Antonio Chamber, along with several other pro-business organizations, is calling on the Mayor and City Council to delay the RFP process until the business community is given a full briefing in order to get a better understanding of the impetus for this proposal.

We want to hear from our Members!  Do you agree or disagree with the Labor Peace Agreement clause?  Send your comments to info@northsachamber.com.

 

North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
12930 Country Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78216
(210) 344-4848