Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Statement on Order to Mediate

The Fourteenth Court of Appeals referred the City of Houston, the Houston Police Officers Union (HPOU), and the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Union (HPFFA) to mediation in the Proposition B “pay parity” case, which a state district judge ruled unconstitutional.

Please attribute the following statement to Mayor Sylvester Turner:

“The parties met three different times in mediation with no success. While the most realistic course to move forward is to proceed with state authorized collective bargaining, which the firefighters requested from the legislature in 2005, the City of Houston will comply with the order to mediate.”