Thursday, May 15, 2014

Loud & Clear

It's hard work. Try working all day, and possibly all night as well. And try working so hard... Only to be paid so little.

This isn't just a theoretical scenario for these workers. This is real life.

.@RubenKihuen  #FightFor15 w/ @McDonalds workers #FastFoodGlo... on Twitpic

Why @McDonalds workers #FightFor15 #RaiseTheWage #FamilyValue... on Twitpic

That's why they and some community friends stood outside a local McDonald's in Las Vegas today. They have been working hard for minimum wage and near minimum wage pay. And they're struggling to survive.

Minimum wage hasn't been enough for them to take care of their families. So they asked for a raise. And they weren't alone in doing so.

This was just one of many #FastFoodGlobal events across the nation... And around the world. They were simply asking for fair wages. They were asking for a chance to feed their families. And they were asking for a chance to improve our economy.

And they weren't alone today. State Senator Ruben Kihuen (D-Las Vegas), community activist Linda Turner, and many more community allies from PLAN, ProgressNow Nevada, SEIU, and elsewhere joined the protest.

For over an hour, they were all baking under the hot Southern Nevada sun. And this was just one of three #FastFoodGlobal events in the valley today. Local fast food workers really wanted to make sure their voices were heard today.

They can only hope they were heard loud & clear.

The crowd @ #Vegas #FastFoodGlobal #RaiseTheWage #FightFor15 ... on Twitpic

Are @McDonalds execs listening? #RaiseTheWage #FightFor15 #Fa... on Twitpic

Why @McDonalds workers #FightFor15 #RaiseTheWage #FamilyValue... on Twitpic

This isn't some theoretical argument over abstract numbers. This is real life. Real families here in Nevada are struggling, even as they're working as hard as they can to get by.

Can we hear them? We should. The message should be coming across loud & clear by now.

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