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Fast Food Workers Speak Out

Chyna Scott
Works at McDonald's
Lives at the Bronx Shelter
 with her little daughter

Joshua Williams
Works at Wendy's
Lives at the Brooklyn Shelter

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Transcript and more links below the Solidarity Squiggle.

C: I needed somewhere to live. I didn't have nobody.

J: This building is a shelter.

C: I didn't want to go to the I rather go to the shelter than anything. My name is Chyna Scott. I've been working at McDonald's for ten monthes right now.

J: I'm Joshua Williams. I've been working at Wendy's for a year and two monthes now.

C: I make only $7.25 an hour.

J: After taxes and everything, I see no more than $220. Most of every little bit of money I have goes toward my son and transportaion and food throughout the week.

C: I want to go to college. I want to give her [her little daughter] everything that my Mother didn't give to me.

J: It's a struggle, that any day I keep thinking about: it's a little bit of pay, and I'm a very hard dedicated worker, and it's a lot!

C: She be telling me, "Ma, I wanna go home." And I say, "We are home." She said, "No, this is not home." That's my goal: to get out of the shelter. But I can't get out the shelter with a 200 dollar check. That's impossible. We need a union; we have to be as one. We have to, like, stand as a team!

J: If we put in the hard and dedicated work, and the sweat, and the energy to support y'all and give y'all what y'all are looking for, then our main goal is: I believe that we should have our share too.

Workers in the $200 billion fast food industry earn so little money many are forced to rely on public assistance just to get by.

New York City's 50,000 fast food workers are joining together so they can support their families and put money back into the economy.

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The New York Labor Chorus

They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn
But without our brain and muscle, not a single wheel would turn.
We can break their haughty power, gain our freedom when we learn
That the Union makes a strong.
                  Ralph Chaplin, 1915
Solidarity Forever,

Originally posted to In Support of Labor and Unions on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 09:12 AM PST.

Also republished by Invisible People.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Nov: Voting Rights Martyrs

    by JayRaye on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 09:12:56 AM PST

  •  Many people would pay a nickel (7+ / 0-)

    or dime more for a Big Mac if it meant paying employees better.  They need a union and public support.  

    Unions cannot do it because of Taft Hartley (I think), but the public can decide to boycott those who refuse to allow unions.  Dome corectly, a Big Mac can be seen like grapes in the 70s.  You just don't buy them.

    I'm glad Barack Obama is our President.

    by TomP on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 09:19:35 AM PST

  •  There was that McDonald's in Ohio... (1+ / 0-)
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    I remember a McDonald's restaurant in Macedonia, Ohio (used to drive by it), where workers rebelled and unionized.  Of course, that was due to an almost polar opposite situation from what we have now.

    During the Clinton economic boom of the mid-90's, fast food salaries were going up.  This McDonald's was increasing the salaries they were offering to new hires, but they weren't offering increases to those already on staff.  The workers were enraged that they were expected to train new workers who were going to make more money than them, and went on strike.

    I remember that these workers first went to the nation's primary restaurant workers' union (UFCW?) and were turned away, apparently out of the fear that allowing low-wage fast food workers to join would dilute the clout of the membership.  The Teamsters, of all people, eventually took them in.

    That was a long time ago, though, and I have no idea what happened once the restaurant dropped out of the news.  I'd be stunned if there was still a union presence there today.


  •  $7.25 (1+ / 0-)
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    an hour in New York City?  How awful.  I sure hope these folks get some momentum going.

    •  thx, twentyfive, (0+ / 0-)

      perhaps all of us workers living in shelters
      & eating in soup kitchens
      will become the new America.

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Nov: Voting Rights Martyrs

      by JayRaye on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:15:31 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

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