11:13 AM Eastern - Thursday, November 29, 2012

We've got a beef with fast food #default

Josh_still_3.jpgMy name is Joshua Williams, and today, I'm taking a big risk.

Last year, the CEO of Wendy's took home $16.5 million dollars while I barely scraped by on $16,000. Like so many of my fellow fast food workers who work long hours at my store, I struggle to earn the money I need to pay for my rent, food, clothing, housing, student loans and childcare for my 7-month-old son Jayvon.

Today, my coworkers and I are fighting for our rights and to end that constant struggle. We're striking for a livable wage of $15/hour and our right to form a union. But we need your help.

Tell the CEOs of Wendy's, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Domino's, KFC, Taco Bell, Papa John's and Burger King to pay hard workers like me a living wage.

If we win this fight, the 50,000 New Yorkers working in the fast food industry will have access to a better life. Despite common stereotypes, most of us are not teenagers working after school, but grown adults with kids of our own and bills to pay.

Many of my colleagues, who have worked at my store for years, have never received a raise from $7.25 an hour. Because we're not paid a living wage, corporations like Wendy's make taxpayers pick up the bill when we're forced to go on public assistance.

We know this is a David vs. Goliath battle --- with minimum wage workers uniting against a $200 billion industry --- but we can win if Americans from all walks of life stand in solidarity with us.

Stand with us as we fight for a living wage. Stand for something greater. Sign the petition today.

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