COPS / Metro Celebrates Living Wage Victory in San Antonio...
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San Antonio City Manager Agrees to Implement $13 / hr Living Wage Standard Set by COPS / Metro!  

San Antonio, TX -- COPS / Metro leaders and allies celebrate a huge victory today— the city manager and a majority of city council members agreed to COPS / Metro’s proposal to raise wages for the lowest paid city workers to $13 / hour for fiscal year 2016.  This exceeds the City of Austin living wage standard of $11.38 / hour for city employees -- which Austin Interfaith helped increase last year.

“We are ecstatic— this is a huge step for public sector employees, not only in the state, but in the nation. We are proud to have spearheaded
this campaign and to have gained the support of our council members and the manager,” said Mr. Robert Cruz of St. Leo the Great Catholic

COPS/Metro gather today at 4:00 PM on the steps of city hall for a press conference and to celebrate.

Background Press:

Council to Set Budget PrioritiesSan Antonio Express-News [pdf]

Advocates Fight Uphill Battle to Raise Wages in SASan Antonio Current

Westside Budget Meeting Exposes Public Frustration
San Antonio Express-News [pdf]

City Budget Process Heats Up Amid Contract UncertaintyKSAT 12

A New Living Wage in San AntonioRivard Report

Bexar County Set to Raise Minimum Wage for Employees and Contract Workers,WOAI

Raising Minimum Wage to $13 for City EmployeesSan Antonio Current

COPS Metro Alliance Seeking to Raise Minimum WageKSAT

Mayoral Candidates Discuss Raising City Minimum WageFOX News 29

Mayoral Candidates Grilled on Social IssuesSan Antonio Express-News [excerpts]

Mayoral Candidates Discuss Raising City Minimum WageNews 4 San Antonio

Community Groups Push for County Wage IncreaseSan Antonio Current

Higher Minimum Wage for Low-Paid County WorkersSan Antonio Express-news

Bexar County to Consider Raising Minimum WageFox SA News

The Source: Efforts to Raise the Minimum Wage in San AntonioTexas Public Radio

Groups Push County to Increase Pay WageNews 4 San Antonio

San Antonio Citizens Gather to Raise Living Wages in Alamo CitySan Antonio Express News [pdf]

COPS / Metro Alliance Launch Living Wage CampaignSan Antonio Business Journal

Judge Nelson Supports COPS/Metro Strategy to Raise Wages in Bexar CountyCOPS / Metro Alliance

COPS / Metro Alliance Launch Living Wage CampaignSan Antonio Business Journal

Additional background:

Last year, 325 COPS / Metro Alliance leaders publicly launched their "Living Wages and Economic Security" campaign following a series of Civic Academies on Wages and Work.  Mayoral candidates Mike Villarreal and Leticia Van de Putte endorsed the living wage strategy and the Bexar County Commissioners moved to raise the wages of County workers to $13 / hour in 2015.  Last week, Alamo Colleges raised the minimum wage for full-time workers to $11.50 / hour.  Leaders also succeeded in closing a City economic incentive policy loophole, ensuring that all corporations receiving public subsidies pay no less than $11.47 / hour.  COPS / Metro will continue working with student and labor groups to organize public employees and ensure basic workers' protections.

Alamo Colleges

Calling the win just "a beginning," COPS Metro leaders celebrated the $1.39 / hour raise for 49 full-time employees at the Alamo (Community) Colleges.  Additionally, the lowest paid part-time and seasonal workers will see their wages rise to $10 / hour thanks to a Tuesday night approval of a "living wage" by the board of the Alamo Colleges.  Leaders applauded the action, but say they look forward to wages rising along the lines of the Bexar County plan.

Bexar County Living Wage Hikes

Just days after the assembly, Judge Nelson Wolff sponsored a resolution to raise the wages of County workers to at least $13 / hour in 2015.  With majority support among Bexar County Commissioners, Wolff instructed the County Manager to calculate the cost of the wage increase for a final vote mid-January.  COPS / Metro sees this as the first step towards a real Living Wage of $15 / hour for County workers.  

City of San Antonio Economic Incentives

Soon after, leaders succeeded in closing a loophole that allowed some corporations to skirt San Antonio's living wage ordinance for recipients of economic incentives.  San Antonio city management supported COPS / Metro's proposal and city council voted to close that loophole, ensuring that only corporations paying at least $11.47 / hour can apply for any economic incentives. 


Robert Cruz: 210-534-2179
Surya Kalra: 310-488-1167

City Manager's
Press Release: 


Alamo College:

Ms. Elvira Adame of St. Alphonsus Catholic tells FOX News that her daughter, a full-time Alamo Colleges employee, struggles on a $8.50 wage earned without benefits or vacation.  [Photo Credit: Rafael Paz]

Bexar County

COPS / Metro leaders stand with Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff as he announces the resolution to raise County worker wages to $13 / hour.


City of San Antonio

COPS / Metro leaders testified before City Hall to ensure a living wage standard for City grants and tax incentives for businesses coming to San Antonio.

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