Our Stories

Lashunda Moore

I’m making 40 hours, but I’m not making anything. I get paid on Monday and then Tuesday I don’t even have enough to buy a sandwich at my own jobs. If it wasn’t for public assistance I would starve; working at a multi-billion dollar restaurant. I’m doing this, because I’ve been working at my job for a year and I’ve been busting my butt, but I don’t make enough money to even afford to eat at my own job."

Justin "Skillet" Johnson

I’ve worked at McDonald’s for three years and I make $7.60, 35-40 hours a week. We have workers coming to work hungry because they’re living paid these low wages. We work for companies that make millions and billions of dollars, while we make dollars and cents. They can afford to pay us $15 an hour with the right to form a union without retaliation. McDonald's can afford to pay us $15 an hour, we can save and invest in our children's lives."

Jeanina Jenkins

Why would you settle for less when you can make a change? Why would you settle for less when you think you deserve more? Why would you just sit there and let them take and you keep on giving? They’re like, that’s all you deserve, that’s all you need. So why not stand up for what you believe in? It’s just history repeating itself, and we’re just standing up for what we believe in."

Zaida Guiterrez

There aren’t really other opportunities beyond fast-food. We need to unite and work together to improve things for all of us, not just one of us. With our union we can fight for our rights and help other people."

Marquiss Lambert

I have children, my primary focus is taking care of them. We are fighting for our children’s future, if we don’t fight right now, what’s to ensure our children don’t go through the same thing when they get older? We have to come together in this fight because I am not the only father raising two young daughters on just above minimum wage. Show Me 15 gives us a voice to talk about a fair wages for our families and to build as a community.”

Ashley Williams

We should be able to save money. We have expenses, transportation and utilities, some people have children to take care of. You shouldn’t have to live check to check all the time. I’m fighting for my future, so I don’t have to worry each week about paying my bills. I’m fighting for families, like mine, that depend on these jobs to support themselves.”