HOUSTON, TX – Would you like to make more money? These fast food workers can relate so they’ve started a food fight.
“We’re here in support of increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour,” says Alvaro Rodriguez with People for Profit.
Yeah these people aren’t lovin’ it or having it their way; so they gathered in front of the Wendy’s in southeast Houston as part of a nationwide campaign to protest low wages.
“Right now minimum wage is $7.25 and I do not make enough to support my family,” says fast food worker Tiara Jackson.
She and others protesters hope their efforts will be rewarded with a bump in pay from $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour.
“Everybody deserves a livable wage and nobody wants to be living in poverty. I want to be able to afford the necessities in life,” says Armando Moreno.
Ana Ramon agrees and adds, “McDonald’s makes billions and billions of dollars, so they have the money to pay us.”
Hey, when did working at a fast food restaurant become a career and not a part time job in high school?
“It is a career today,” explains Rodriguez. “A lot of good paying jobs have been shut down. A lot of people- adults, and people with families now have to work at fast food places.”
This isn’t the first protest and it won’t be the last. These workers have no plans to stop “fighting for 15”.
“This fight will go on indefinitely or until the fast food industry comes to the table to negotiate and to negotiate fairly with its employees,” says protester Rev. James Caldwell.
Or, they’ll just find others who are willing to work for $7.25 an hour.