COPS/Metro is proud to lead the way for higher public sector wages in Texas. 

Do you believe all workers deserve a living wage? We do. In less than 15 months, our leaders fought for and won an entry level wage of $13/hour for city and county workers in San Antonio. In the next two years, we aim to increase those wages to $15/hour and kick-start the campaign in public schools and hospitals.

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Communities Organized for Public Service (C.O.P.S.) and the Metro Alliance are a coalition of congregations, schools, and unions coming together so that we can effectively act on behalf of families. C.O.P.S. and the Metro Alliance work within each of these institutions to identify a diverse, broad-based leadership that can connect to each other in new ways in order to act effectively on behalf of children, families, and neighborhoods. By learning to work together for the public good, C.O.P.S. and Metro Alliance leaders are able to work with the business community and elected officials to make San Antonio a better place for families.


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    COPS/Metro Can't Stop! Another Victory at City Hall

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    On Thursday September 10th, at the urging of COPS / Metro Alliance, San Antonio city council members unanimously voted for a living wage increase from $11.47 to $13.00 per hour, benefiting 1,300 of their lowest paid workers.  By doing so, the municipality joined Bexar County in their living wage increase.  Just ten days prior, Bexar county commissioners voted to increase their lowest wage to $13 / hour.

    Not resting on their laurels, two weeks ago COPS/Metro leaders won a 47% increase in city funding for Project QUEST, a nationally recognized workforce training program started by the organization 23 years ago. 

    While this concludes an exciting year of action — which also resulted in raised wages for workers at Alamo Colleges —COPS / Metro leaders are not planning to rest long.  Our long-term wage strategy includes a push to increase municipal wages to $14 / hour in fiscal year 2017 and $15 / hour the year after.  On Monday, November 8, 2015, we'll kick-start our campaign to raise wages in public schools and hospital districts.

    Council Approves $2.5 Billion Annual BudgetSan Antonio Express-News [pdf]

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