Fast food workers in New York City and six other cities around the country are on strike to double their current wages, according to the New York Daily News. Hundreds of NYC fast food workers are protesting around the city, holding up picket signs that read, “Minimum wage is poverty” and chanting, “Hold the burgers, hold the fries, make our wages super-sized!”
“I want for us to be respected. $7.25 is not enough!” said Lisette Ortiz, 27, of Rockaway, who works at a McDonald’s in Downtown Brooklyn. “I live with my dad. I would like to get my own apartment. You can’t! It’s impossible!”
According to New York Communities for Change, fast food workers are paid on average between $10,000 and $18,000 a year. The workers on strike are seeking to unionize and make $15 an hour rather than the minimum wage many of them currently earn.
Naquasia LeGrand, 22, of Canarsie, Brooklyn, has to rely on $113 a month in welfare because she only makes $225 a week from working 38 hours a week at two KFCs.
“I live with my grandma, my aunt, and cousin. I can’t even afford privacy!” said LeGrand. “I’m a cashier, I cook, and prep, clean— I do it all. It’s just not enough, $7.25, not when milk and eggs are going up!”
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