There is something inspiring happening in North Carolina right now.
It started back in August when fast food workers across North Carolina participated in a national strike by walking off their jobs to demand a living wage. Since then, hundreds of North Carolinian workers have spoken up about the need for living wages and the right to organize. These workers are speaking out and sharing their stories about the daily struggles of surviving on low pay that make it hard to pay rent or buy clothing for their children.
This week, there is an opportunity to learn more about the campaign and hear from some of the workers who are demanding better treatment.
Come to a Nov. 6 public forum with the Carolina Organizing Committee at the North Carolina Justice Center. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
You can also learn more about the campaign, and the lives of fast food workers, by watching this video:
Wednesday’s forum will delve into two reports released in October by the National Employment Law Project and University of California Berkeley that found taxpayers spend an estimated $3.8 billion every year to make up for the low wages and lack of benefits the 10 largest fast-food companies in the United States pay their employees.
Just how low is the pay? UC Berkeley found that most jobs in the fast food industry “pay so little that 52 percent of fast-food workers are forced to enroll their families in public assistance programs.”
That reality didn’t escape the McDonald’s human resources help line, when an HR specialist recommended in this video that a Chicago-area McDonald’s employee sign up for food stamps because her salary wasn’t enough to pay for her and her children to eat.