Thu August 29, 2013
Ohio Minimum Wage Worker Tells Her Story
Thousands of fast-food workers are scheduled to go on strike today in cities in Ohio and other states to seek a higher wage.
Labor union organizers say it's expected be the largest nationwide strike by fast-food workers, following a walk-out by 22 hundred employees earlier this summer. Workers say they want a wage of 15 dollars an hour, more than double the current federal minimum wage. They also want the right to organize. The "working poor" are defined as people who have a job – maybe even several – yet are barely getting by. They're often invisible…mopping the floors after closing, taking fares at a parking garage, or frying a burger behind the counter. Brian Bull of member station WCPN in Cleveland met with one such individual. 21-year-old Natasha Wynn is a formerly homeless woman now working a fast-food job and trying to raise her 1-year-old daughter.