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Quote of the Week: Bob Nicks
Austin Firefighters Association president on the matter of self-policing
"...– Austin Firefighters Assoc. President Bob Nicks, on the city’s current process for investigating harassment..."

April 6, 2018 News Column

Fire Negotiations Update
AFA President Bob Nicks cites increased civility in recent meetings
"...Bargaining?" July 21) appears to have dissipated. AFA President Bob Nicks told the Chronicle on Monday that the two..."

July 28, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

The Color of Fire
The Austin Fire Department is making another attempt at staff diversity – will it do any better this time?
"...Bob Nicks isn't so sure...."

May 13, 2011 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

Disagreeing to Agree
With contract negotiations suspended, Austin firefighters look inward for a change
"...time in labor negotiations," said recently elected AFA Secretary Bob Nicks last week. "But that doesn't mean negotiations end...."

Jan. 16, 2009 News Feature by Michael King

The Fire Last Time: AFA and City at Impasse
I/O Solutions becomes entangled in latest dispute about AFD's hiring process
"...But as Austin Firefighters Association President Bob Nicks tells it, the company instead became entangled in..."

Aug. 9, 2013 News Feature by Mike Kanin

Is the City Trying to Bust the Firefighters Union?
Minority candidate hiring is still a hot-button issue
"...Austin Firefighters Association Presi­dent Bob Nicks says he was surprised last week to see..."

Feb. 7, 2014 News Feature by Jordan Smith

AFD and Firefighters Union Broker Hiring Deal
Union and fire chief are still negotiating, but future looks bright
"...test's adverse impact on minority applicants, but union President Bob Nicks and other union officials said the move lowered..."

Aug. 26, 2011 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

Contract Talks Getting Hot at AFD
Firefighters association president accuses city of bad faith bargaining
"...labor negotiations with the city, Austin Firefighters Association President Bob Nicks told the Chronicle that he anticipated a relatively..."

July 21, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Wildfire Prevention Waiting for Ignition
City of Austin's wildfire prevention efforts lag behind the threat
"...Fire is always on the mind of Bob Nicks, the nearly 30-year veteran of the Austin Fire..."

Aug. 31, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

AFD: Woolverton on Leave, Merger Fallout Stays Hot
Aaron Woolverton on admin. leave after AFA files complaint
"...to a complaint filed by Austin Firefighters Assoc­iation President Bob Nicks, AFD officials said they hadn't a chance to..."

Aug. 4, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

AFD Disqualifies Union President From Firefighter Candidacy
Firefighter allegedly disqualified in retaliation for union position
"...for "valid reasons." Garcia and Austin Firefighters Association President Bob Nicks believe the disqualification is instead retaliation for Garcia's..."

July 14, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

Point Austin: Burning Down the House
Deadlock between city and firefighters reflects deeper problems
"...nor indeed even talking to one another. AFA Presi­dent Bob Nicks told me the union wants to return to..."

Sept. 27, 2013 News Column by Michael King

Council Members Shine New Light on Fire Department
CMs Alter and Flannigan stoke the flames of AFD negotiations
"...AFD roughly $1 million, though Austin Firefighters Association Pres­id­ent Bob Nicks reminded that the union bargained for that privilege..."

Sept. 1, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Hired / Fire
Overtime, wages, hiring procedures at heart of negotiations between city, firefighters
"...into account Austin's increasing cost of living, AFA President Bob Nicks reiterated his proposal that the city agree to..."

Aug. 11, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Union Accuses AFD Assistant Chief of Dishonesty
Liar, liar, pants on fire?
"...Austin Firefighters Association President Bob Nicks filed a complaint against the Austin Fire Department's..."

July 28, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Point Austin: Putting Out the Fire
Council-brokered agreement at AFD could be a city breakthrough
"...Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr and Austin Fire Association President Bob Nicks in an agreement that – if it holds..."

Feb. 13, 2015 News Column by Michael King

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
"...new union contract nears, Austin Fire Department Battalion Chief Bob Nicks (r) has been elected president of the Austin..."

Nov. 27, 2009 News Feature

Fire Contract May Herald New Hiring Policy
Firefighters close to signing a contract
"...Fire Department, where, according to Austin Fire Department Capt. Bob Nicks of the union's negotiating team, a "third-party industrial..."

Oct. 23, 2009 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

City, Fire Union Reach Contract Agreement
Membership to vote on terms this month
"...the deal we were hoping for," said AFA President Bob Nicks, "but we think it meets important imperatives of..."

Sept. 15, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Firefighters and City Can't Strike a Deal
At an impasse yet again over collective bargaining
"...started negotiations with different expectations, even though AFA President Bob Nicks confided earlier in the summer that he thought..."

Aug. 18, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

City Hires New Fire Chief
Recently retired chief in Atlanta moves west
"...with Kerr on a multitude of occasions. AFA President Bob Nicks expressed optimism that Baker is the "right guy..."

Nov. 9, 2018 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

The Long Road to Responsive Fire Coverage
It appears the city’s in no big rush
"...Austin Firefighters Association President Bob Nicks insists that the larger problem is the city's..."

Dec. 8, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Assistant Chief Aaron Woolverton Cleared at AFD
Woolverton found to have not lied to Civil Service about past accident
"...a July complaint filed by Austin Firefighters Association President Bob Nicks, who wished to make the point that, in..."

Oct. 20, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Improving Fire Dept. Response Time
AFD hopes to get five new fire stations
"...five particularly needy city areas. Austin Firefighters Association President Bob Nicks told the commission that a 38% increase in..."

March 11, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Point Austin: Fixing What Ain't Broke
Does city want fair hiring, or to break the union?
"...hour. An overwhelming majority of the witnesses, led by Bob Nicks, president of the Austin Firefighters Assoc­i­ation, testified against..."

May 23, 2014 News Column by Michael King

AFD Hiring: Smoke or Fire?
Add the EEOC to the parties weighing in on firefighter hiring
"...of the 2012 [AFD] cadet hiring process," union President Bob Nicks said in a press release. Though the union..."

Feb. 28, 2014 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Jim Baker’s Bad Bygones
Could the former firefighter's recent invasive video recording have been prevented?
"...women's locker room last week, Austin Firefighters Assoc­ia­tion President Bob Nicks was quick to recall an incident in 2013..."

Dec. 1, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Can Austin Get Its Arms Around ESDs?
Austin Fire Department and ESD 6 negotiating possible merger
"...According to AFA President Bob Nicks, making sure the pension question is answered in..."

Jan. 20, 2012 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

City Drops Lawsuit Against Firefighter
Firefighter who contracted cancer won’t be challenged on workers comp ruling
"...breast cancer diagnosis. On Tues­day, Austin Firefighters Association President Bob Nicks announced the city's decision via email. "The lawsuit..."

Sept. 21, 2018 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Former Firefighter Under Fire, Arrest
Erik Spalteholz charged with possession of child pornography, tampering with evidence
"...Austin Firefighters Association President Bob Nicks said AFD should continue its work to find..."

May 4, 2018 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

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