Fast Food Workers Speak Out
Works at McDonald's
Lives at the Bronx Shelter
with her little daughter
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 street...so 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.Fast Food Forward on Twitter:
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The New York Labor Chorus
They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earnSolidarity Forever,
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