Thanks to the intervention of COPS / Metro Alliance leaders that stood with San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD)'s lowest paid workers and the San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel, the SAISD Board unanimously approved a wage increase of 20% for the district's lowest paid , from $10/hour to $12/hour.
The move will raise the wages of 586 employees currently earning under $12, as well as 874 employees earning between $12 and $14/hour. Workers most benefiting from the wage hike include bus monitors, custodians, cooks, groundskeepers, delivery truck drivers and food service assistant managers.
COPS / Metro leader Maria Tijerina told the Rivard Report that this will also improve the living conditions of many SAISD students living in poverty because "the lowest paid SAISD employees have children in the district." This is one step in a larger campaign to raise the wages of SAISD employees to $15 / hour.
When Even a Low Tide Lifts All Boats, San Antonio Express-News
SAISD Employees Get Wage Increase, Rivard Report
SAISD Approves Minimum Wage Increase, San Antonio Express-News
SAISD Board Approves Salaries for 2016-17, San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel