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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Even After Victories, Groups Continue Living Wage Push in San Antonio

Posted By on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Living wage advocates will continue to push for $15 per hour. - MICHAEL MARKS
  • Michael Marks
  • Living wage advocates will continue to push for $15 per hour.
San Antonio City Council and the Bexar County Commissioner's Court approved raising the minimum wage for municipal workers to $13 per hour in their most recent budgets. And while groups both nationwide and in San Antonio praised that move, some are continuing to push for even greater gains.

Groups such as the Service Employees International Union are lobbying the to raise municipal employees' minimum wage to $15 per hour, and to include contract workers in any increase.

Contract workers were left out of the most recent increase. It’s unclear how many contract workers the city and county employ, or how much they are paid, but the workers perform a variety of municipal tasks.

“[Contract workers] serve food, provide security and janitorial services, and do clerical and administrative work throughout the city. These workers are not covered by the city’s new wage policy,” an SEIU news release said.

SEIU will hold a rally tonight in support of a $15 per hour wage for city workers, and for contract workers to receive the same boost. The rally will take place at Travis Park (300 E. Travis St.) at 6 p.m.

Another group, COPS/The Metro Alliance, recently launched a living wage campaign for area school districts, including San Antonio Independent School District. The effort is part of the Living Wages and Economic Security Campaign, a major initiative of COPS/Metro Alliance.

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