San Antonio

SEIU members in San Antonio are employed by the City of San Antonio and Bexar County. The work we do affects all of us because it’s about providing services that matters to our community.

SEIU members provide quality drinking water, maintain the streets, keep our streets safe, maintain the libraries and parks, and protect our communities’ most vulnerable members.

We are not alone. Along with public employees and other workers across our state, we are achieving what we cannot accomplish alone to become a powerful voice for working families in Texas.

We are part of a national movement for justice. SEIU Local 5 is a diverse, member driven organization and part of SEIU. The Service Employees International Union is 2.1 million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide. SEIU is dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society.

SEIU City Workers Win Major Budget Victory in San Antonio

Today marked a major victory for city employees in San Antonio. The city council passed a budget for next year that will raise pay, implement new benefits, and even allocate funds for installing much needed street lights in our community.

The new budget will:

  • Set a new minimum wage for employees at $13.75 per hour
  • Raise pay to $15 per hour automatically for all city employees with 10 years or more experience; they will also get a one-time bonus of $300
  • Implement a 1% cost of living adjustment
  • Provide 6 weeks of paid paternity and maternity leave to new parents
  • Give all employees 3 days of wellness/family leave as well as flex time for eligible workers
  • and allocate $1 million for street lights in our city

We accomplished this win by standing together. After months of actions and dialogue with city leaders through the Employee Management Committee, our voices have been heard.

But this campaign to improve working conditions at the city is not over. There is talk at the city to eliminate our current pay plan. That would hurt all workers and our families.

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SEIU Texas members kick off fair city budget campaign with “Budget 101” workshop

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San Antonians from underserved neighborhoods plan to mobilize for a “working families” city budget throughout the Summer.

On Thursday, as part of We’re All in This Together, SEIU Texas members, city workers and their neighbors, kicked off this year’s campaign to make sure San Antonio is a great place to live and work at the “Budget 101” community workshop. Participants learned how their voices can shape the San Antonio budget to reflect the priorities of working families and expand quality services for our most overlooked communities.

This year, community members voted to mobilize for the following budget priorities:

  • Continued investment for streetlights and sidewalks in underserved areas of San Antonio
  • Higher standards for San Antonians who provide essential city services
  • A $15 minimum wage for all city employees, including contract workers

“The city budget should reflect the needs of people who are often ignored,” said Alma Arevalos, an SEIU Texas member. “When we speak up and take action, city leaders have to take us seriously. Our efforts make it possible for ordinary folks to have an extraordinary impact in our city budget.”

Throughout the Summer, We’re All In This Together members and community partners will put the lessons from “Budget 101” into practice by speaking out at City Council meetings and budget community input sessions throughout the city.

“Everyday, I work to provide the city services we all rely on. I’ve gotten to know our neighborhoods very well and there is some great need out there,” said Alfonso Avilez Jr, Equipment operator, transportation and capital improvements (TCI) with the city and SEIU Texas member. “We can make some smart decisions in our budget to ensure those neighborhood needs are met.”

This community approach to budget planning has already proven successful. In their second year mobilizing for a fair budget, campaign partners worked together to win $1 million for residential streetlights on the west side, $33 million for sidewalk maintenance and repairs and reached a minimum living wage of $13 an hour for city employees who provide essential services.

Follow SEIU Texas members and their campaign to make San Antonio work for everyone by searching #SATXTogether on Twitter and Facebook.

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