"It's getting to the point
where a lot of people are getting fed up with it because it's not enough money
to support their family," said a manager at a local McDonald's who wanted to
Though she's making more than the
$7.25 minimum wage at the center of these protests, things aren't any easier
for her and her family.
"I'm only making $9.25 an
hour. With three kids, it's kind of hard to get by because you got
rent. You got electricity," the manager added.
Another McDonald's worker is only
making minimum wage. He works the third shift and says he's trained
other new employees who are now making more than him.
However, the man who used to work two
jobs is now taking a different approach.
"Before, I was working two
just to survive. But I figure, Well, if I work one and try to make
things better at McDonald's, I thought they might be able to look at me and
recognize that he comes in here and does what he got to do," said Arthur
Johnson, a local McDonald's employee.
One manager says even though
she's struggling to make ends meet, she's putting her employees first to help
"I'm really trying to get my
workers more money. I got a lot of workers and their little checks is not
enough for them. A raise, or just more money coming in, would do a lot of
justice," that anonymous manager told FOX19.
For Johnson, he's not asking for
much. He'd like $8 an hour, a raise of $0.75. He said he'll once
again be looking for a second job, but still, he'll be coming to work to do the
job he already has.
"Once you show me that you
really appreciate the work that I do, then I'm going to show you the
appreciation back. But, even though you don't show me appreciation, I'm
going to continue still living with that positive attitude and still be able
to come in and do what I'm supposed to do," Johnson told FOX19.
On top of better wages, some of those striking workers are seeking
the right to unionize.
More strikes are planned in other cities this week.
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
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