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San Antonio City Manager Now Supports $13 /hr Living Wage Urged by COPS/Metro

San Antonio, TX -- COPS / Metro leaders and allies are celebrating a huge step forward — the city manager and a majority of city council members are now agreeing 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's current living wage standard of $11.47 / hour. 

“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 Church.  In photo, Sisters Josephine Murray and Gabriella Lohan of COPS / Metro personally thank City Manager Sheryl Sculley for her support.

On Thursday, August 6 City Manager Sculley will present her proposed budget to the council, to be voted on September 10.  COPS / Metro leaders plan to testify in support of this wage boost at public hearings through August and early September.  

At 5:30pm Wednesday, August 5th, COPS / Metro will hold a press conference on the steps of City Hall.    

COPS / Metro's living wage campaign was launched November, 2014 and includes a broad range of issues: Bexar County wages, Alamo Colleges wages, wages paid by companies receiving City of San Antonio economic incentives, and contracted public workers' wages (i.e. janitors, construction workers and more).  In April 2015, COPS / Metro secured public commitments on wages from City Councilmembers at an accountability session drawing over 400 leaders.  See press list below for full backstory. 

[Photo Credit:Tom Peel, San Antonio Express-News]

City Workers Call on San Antonio City Council to Raise Wage to $13 Per Hour, KENS 5

San Antonio Poised to Increase Wages for Some Workers, San Antonio Express-News

City Manager Recommends Raising Minimum Wage for City Employees to $13 Per Hour, San Antonio Current

City to Propose Minimum Wage Hike1200 News Radio WOAI

The Source: The Impact of City-Proposed Pay Raises, Texas Public Radio
Additional Background

COPS / Metro Alliance Launches Living Wage CampaignSan Antonio Business Journal

Groups Push County to Increase Pay WageNews 4 San Antonio

Community Groups Push for County Wage IncreaseSan Antonio Current

Advocates Fight Uphill Battle to Raise Wages in SASan Antonio Current

Westside Budget Meeting Exposes Public FrustrationSan 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

Tax Dollars Should Support Living WagesSan Antonio Express News [pdf]

Rev. Herman Price of St. John Baptist applauds recent move by City Manager.

This is One Part of a Long-Running LOCAL Campaign for Higher Wages:


Bexar County

Last November, at COPS / Metro's urging, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff announced a resolution to raise County worker wages to $13 / hour.

Alamo Colleges:

In December, COPS / Metro persuaded Alamo Colleges to raise the wages of its lowest paid full-time workers to $11.50 / hour.  [Photo Credit: Rafael Paz]

City of San Antonio

Also in December, COPS / Metro leaders testified before Council to ensure a living wage standard for businesses receiving City grants and tax incentives to come to San Antonio.

In June, County Judge Nelson Wolff urged the City to raise its lowest wage to $13 / hour.

Also in June, COPS / Metro leaders crashed a City meeting on the budget to demand a hike in wages for City workers. 

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