Two days prior, 325 COPS / Metro Alliance leaders gathered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church to announce their campaign to boost the wage floor for city and county employees from $11.47 per hour to almost $15 / hour. Elvira Adame shared how it angers her to see her daughter earning only $8.50 per hour at a public community college, leaving her "stressed and tired all the time from working so hard." Adame's daughter works full-time without benefits, sick leave or vacation time; to pick up the slack she picked up a second job, but even then is barely getting by.
In response to the plan, Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson asserted, "I will support anything we can to lift up wages." Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo also expressed support stating, "I will work for it."
Mayoral candidate Mike Villarreal and state Senator Leticia Van de Putte similarly expressed support for the initiative.
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Higher Minimum Wage for Low-Paid County Workers, San Antonio Express-news
Bexar County to Consider Raising Minimum Wage, Fox SA News
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Groups Push County to Increase Pay Wage, News 4 San Antonio
San Antonio Citizens Gather to Raise Living Wages in Alamo City, San Antonio Express News
COPS / Metro Alliance Launch Living Wage Campaign, San Antonio Business Journal
Judge Nelson Supports COPS/Metro Strategy to Raise Wages in Bexar County, COPS / Metro Alliance