Glenda Soto, 35, a single mother supporting four children said that though she works full-time and often puts in 13-hour days at the Bronx McDonald’s, money is a constant headache.
“My rent is going up in September,” she said. “We are already living paycheck to paycheck.”
Many workers brought their families with them, including children.
“We’re a movement, we’re a team,” Sepulveda said as she held the hand of her 3-year-old son, Hayden.
The striking workers in Manhattan were joined by politicians and community leaders, including U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat who represents the district. He said the fact that the fast food industry is worth $200 billion a year and yet many of its employees still rely on food stamps and Medicaid is “disgusting.”
Ashley Pinkney, who works at McDonald’s in Times Square, arrived at the downtown rally still in her uniform.
“I can’t even order something off the menu with what I earn,” she said. “It makes me wonder what I’m even doing there.”