Friday, August 9, 2013

A McDonald's worker speaks her mind

Dear Jim,
My name is Shay Kerr and I am a McDonald’s employee.
Times are a bit tough for a lot of folks right now. People are out of work, and finding a job is not as easy as it used to be. My 6-year-old son and I have been bouncing around homeless shelters for a few years. It is very difficult to afford a place to live on $7.25 an hour, especially when you never know how many hours you'll work a week. 
Last night, Mary Kay Henry, the president of SEIU, appeared on the Colbert Report and pushed for better wages for fast food workers like myself.
It was great to see such a strong leader stand with many of us who are fighting for a union and better pay. Corporations like McDonald’s make billions of dollars in profits each year and can afford to pay their employees more.
When workers aren’t paid enough, everyone hurts. We can’t afford rent so we lose our homes, we can’t afford groceries so our families go hungry. It’s time we stand together and demand a $15/hour wage from these corporations.
The more workers can stick together, the more corporations will take us seriously and meet our needs. It’s time that we make our voice stronger, raise wages and put workers and their families back on a road to a better life.
In unity,
Shay Kerr
McDonald's worker

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