Houston municipal union secures 9% raises over three years and $14.25 minimum wage

Mayor Sylvester Turner and HOPE Local 123 leaders
Mayor Sylvester Turner and HOPE Local 123 leaders announced they reached an agreement on a labor contract for city workers June 23. It was ratified by City Council Aug. 4. (Courtesy City of Houston)

Mayor Sylvester Turner and HOPE Local 123 leaders announced they reached an agreement on a labor contract for city workers June 23. It was ratified by City Council Aug. 4. (Courtesy City of Houston)

Houston municipal workers will see a 9% increase in pay over the next three years after the City Council officially approved a new labor contract negotiated between Mayor Sylvester Turner and the union known as Houston Organization of Public Employees, or HOPE.

Representing 11,000 workers, HOPE includes employees in the city’s solid waste, public works, libraries and other departments. The contract, ratified Aug. 4, includes 3% raises each year over the next three years beginning in October 2021. It also boosts worker’s minimum wage from $13.00 per hour to $14.25.


“Our membership has been essential in keeping the community running, especially during the pandemic," HOPE President Roy Sanchez said when the deal was made. "Throughout the negotiation process, there have been some disagreements, but we are glad to say that the process does work."

Union leaders and the mayor announced they had reached an agreement in contract negotiations June 23, after which union members voted to approve it and City Council ratified it Aug. 4.

“I am grateful to HOPE leadership for being willing to sit down at the table and negotiate an increase that the city can afford, and benefits municipal employees and their families,” Turner said when the agreement was first announced.
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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