Attorneys for the San Antonio firefighters union laid out its compensation proposal during testimony before a three-member panel of arbitrators charged with determining terms for a labor contract.

Union attorney Richard Poulson called witnesses Monday to testify about why San Antonio firefighters should get a 14 percent pay increase and $7,250 signing bonus, and keep their current health care plan. The union’s proposal would have each firefighter pay a health care premium for the first time in at least two decades: $150 monthly regardless of the number of dependents a firefighter claims.

But later in the day, an attorney representing the City picked apart testimony from a union official after the City’s team found several incorrect or out-of-context data points in a workload report the San Antonio Fire Department captain prepared.

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