Thursday, December 5, 2013

I've Worked at McDonald's for 5 Years and Have 4 Kids. Any Questions for Me?

I am striking today for better wages for my family and others like me. Most raises we get at McDonald's are only 5 or 10 cents


The low paid service industry is reliant on keeping employees on zero-hour contracts, with McDonald's hiring 90% of its staff in this manner. (Photograph: Alex Segre / Alamy/Alamy)Laurentina is taking part in a strike today outside the McDonald's in Chicago where she works. After five years as a McDonald's employee, she earns $9.15 an hour, which is not enough to support her four children. "I know a lot of people going through this same situation I am going through," she told the Guardian. Despite wanting more hours, she is often lucky to get 25 to 30 hours a week. Laurentina is opening up about the realities of her job as part of our A day's work series. Leave more questions for her at The Guardian in the comments, and she will answer them later today.

1. What is your typical day like?

I work five days a week. I get up, take my kids to school, head to work and try to eat something before I start as I don't always know when I'm going to get a break. It's up to them what position I work that day. I've done everything – kitchen, grille, product stocking, cashier. They've offered me [a chance] to be a manager, but it's not worth it for a 50 cent raise. The managers are always so stressed out, worrying that we don't have enough people for that shift. I have four kids to worry about, I don't need stress to take home.

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