COPS/Metro Hikes Municipal, County Wage to $14.25 /Hour

Months after 750 COPS / Metro leaders challenged candidates for San Antonio City Council and the Bexar County Commissioners’ Court to support their living wage agenda in a nonpartisan accountability assembly — and then delivered 8,555 voters to the polls in support of their agenda — both Bexar County and the City of San Antonio increased entry wages to $14.25 per hour.

This is one of several steps leaders have initiated to raise public sector wages to $15 / hour by 2019.

Long-term workforce development program Project QUEST went on to secure $2.5 million in funding, an increase of $300 thousand compared to last year. COPS / Metro additionally secured $9 million in owner-occupied rehabilitation and $150 thousand invested in legal defense for immigrants.

[Photo Credit: Scott Ball, Rivard Report]

Bexar County Boosts Spending, San Antonio Express-News [pdf]

Activists Press Council Ahead of Budget Vote, KTSA

Council Members Open to Minimum Wage Increase for City Workers, Rivard Report [pdf]

Group Seeks More Money for Jobs Program , Raise in Minimum Wage, San Antonio Express-News [pdf]

Housing Renovation Projects Get More Money, San Antonio Express-News [pdf]

As Nation’s Poverty Rate Declines, San Antonio’s Increases, Rivard Report [pdf]

As National Poverty Rate Dips, San Antonio’s Rise, KENS5