Pushing for a Raise

As the San Antonio City Council prepares to vote on a $2.5 billion budget next week, a group comprised of churches, schools and unions is pushing for a raise for the lowest paid city workers.

COPS/Metro is urging the council to raise the entry-level wage for city workers from $13 an hour to $14 an hour, “so these workers don’t have to rely on public assistance,” said Father Mike DeGerolami.

The organization thought it had the support of the majority of city council on this issue, but based on recent conversations, DeGerolami says that’s changed.

“We’re hearing from the mayor and some council members that they can’t afford it.”

He says a $14 an hour wage would get those families out of the the poverty level.

“We’re trying to lift this up as a moral issue. People shouldn’t be working for the City of San Antonio while earning a poverty wage,” DeGerolami told KTSA News.

COPS/Metro is calling for increasing the starting salary to $14 an hour in the new budget and $15 the following year.

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