There is good news to be heard here. Workers who earn minimum wage realize their employers have no real hold on their tongues.What's more, some workers are realizing that in addition to wanting more, or even needing more, there's another word to describe their situation as they're paid poverty wages and often cheated out of hours of pay they've earned:
“I’m making the minimum wage plus 50 cents,” notes Ms. Simon. “I definitely can find another job.”
Naquasia Legrand, a 22-year-old from Canarsie, Brooklyn, works at two KFCs. She washes dishes at one for $7.75 and mops floors at the other for $8. She says she must work four or five hours each week off the clock.Deserve. That's a powerful word. It speaks to something beyond our individual desires, to something bigger. It's true, too. Workers deserve to be paid enough to pay the rent and feed their families. They deserve to be paid for the hours they work, not forced to work off the clock or any of the myriad other ways New York City fast food restaurants steal wages from workers. They deserve to be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours a week, not paid straight time in two separate checks. And people who don't recognize that workers deserve these things? Well, there are things they, too, deserve. But nothing good.
She needed to buy a MetroCard last week so she skipped lunch. She shakes her head. “I think I deserve to eat lunch.”