in our own words: WORKERS FROM ACROSS THE STATE SPeak out about our jobs, our struggles, our lives, and our communities.
How are you supposed to be able to plan your life when you have no idea what your work schedule will be week to week?
Ilana has worked at Starbucks for nearly a decade, but even she doesn't have a secure schedule.
Darrion has been leading the fight for secure scheduling in Seattle. he even hand delivered a letter to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz asking for the company to do right by its workers.
How can you plan your life when your work schedule is all over the place?
Crystal Thompson works at Domino's and has been a leader in Seattle winning $15 by talking to elected officials, press, and going on strike because she believes that everyone deserves to live in the same city they work.
Malcolm Cooper-Suggs works at McDonald's and was one of the worker-leaders who won $15 for Seattle. Malcolm is dedicated to the fight for workers' rights and even participated in peaceful civil disobedience because no one deserves to live in poverty.
Jason Lewis works at Starbucks in Seattle. He wants a reliable paycheck so that he can afford to visit his family, go hiking, and live the life he wants.
Ally Beckwith is a barista in Seattle. She is pushing for better wages and working conditions. She's even wrote a rap about it.
Illana Greenberg is a barista with Starbucks in Seattle. One time she was so sick that she was deaf in one ear, but she felt like she had to go to work anyway.
Darrion Sjoquist is a barista at Starbucks. He is fighting for a fair workweek because he and too many of his co-workers can’t plan any type of life around the changing schedules, lack of access to sick leave, or fluctuating hours.
Check out Darrion Sjoquist's essay in Medium.com on why he and other baristas are calling on Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to sit down and meet with them to find solutions to scheduling issues.
Crystal Thompson has worked at Domino’s for five years. She is a mother and shares an apartment with a roommate. Crystal has been on strike multiple times and has spoken to elected leaders and the press. She became a leader in the fight for $15 in Seattle.
Jason Harvey has been involved with Working Washington since the very beginning. He worked at Burger King and went out on strike multiple times and became a leader in the victory of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage.
Brittany got involved in the fight for $15 after her sister first went on strike. She is a mother who worked at McDonald’s. She has been involved in multiple fast food actions and even went down to Olympia to talk to legislators about raising the state minimum wage. She hopes to own a business in the restaurant industry some day.
Hipolito first worked in the fields when he immigrated to Yakima. He heard about the $15 movement in Yakima and joined it because like him, too many families have to buy their children’s clothes from thrift shops.
Lupes Sanchez testified in front of the Yakima City Council. She talked about how families may not go caroling during Christmas because the parents, who are paid too low of wages, are too shamed to let their children see other families exchanging lots of presents.
Paola Zambrano testified in front of the Yakima City Council. She works in the fields and worries every month that the rent is due because she is paid such low wages. Sometimes she has to pull 12 hour days to try and make ends meet.
Reverend Willie Pride testified in front of the Yakima City Council about the proposal to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Maria Campos lives in Yakima and has worked in childcare and senior care. She is pushing for $15 for Yakima because a living wage is the only way anyone can have a better future for their kids.
Dali Ramos is a mother of five who works in Yakima. She is fighting for $15 so that her family and her children can have a better start in life.
Jae Townsend works at Jimmy John's in Olympia. She is taking action for $15 in Olympia because she wants to be shop and support local businesses instead of the big corporate chains. She can’t do that right now on the low wages she is paid.
Liam Anderson works at Eddie Bauer in Olympia. He is looking for a second job because the wages are so low. The problem is everyone else is looking too.
Holly West works at Capital Mall and has been pushing for a $15 minimum wage in Olympia. She’s testified in front of city council, brought more workers into the movement, and even led a people’s mic inside the annual Thurston County Chamber of Commerce dinner - right in the middle of their new CEO’s speech.
Chris talks about why it is important for people to have a living wage. In Olympia, that's a $15 minimum wage.
Juliet works in transitional housing in Olympia. She sees what happens to people who don't make a living wage - and she doesn't make $15 either.
Danny talks about winning $15 for Olympia would let people get their own place instead of surfing from couch to couch.
Jade talks about how a $15 minimum wage for Olympia would free her from the constant struggle she has in paying her bills.
Holly spoke to the Olympia City Council about the need for a $15 minimum wage.
Nicola works in Olympia and testified in front of the Olympia City Council on the need for $15.
NIchole works at McDonald's in Olympia. She testified to the Olympia City Council about the need for the city to get a $15 minimum wage.
Alina Hizik works two jobs in Federal Way at Jack in the Box and Chevron. She is willing to do whatever it takes to win $15 - even jump out of a plane.
Brandon and Tony both work at the mall in Federal Way. Brandon works two jobs at a nutritional supplement store and a specialty retail store. Working in sales feels like “selling your soul” and management tells you “what your soul is.”
Tina is a server in Federal Way. She can't plan a life with the low wages and all-over-the-place work schedule.
Martina Phelps works as a cashier at McDonald’s and lives in Federal Way. She helped win $15 for Seattle by talking to legislators, telling city councilmembers about her life as a low wage worker, going out on strike, and talking with the Seattle Mayor. Now she wants bring $15 to Federal Way.
Tannie Tomlin works at Old Country Buffet as a prep cook in Lakewood, WA. He’s standing up for $15 because everyone deserves a living wage. He also thinks that $15/hr is not a lot of money to ask for.
Jesse Griggs testified to the Tacoma City Council about the need for Tacoma to get a raise to $15.
Jasmin Ferrante spoke to the Tacoma City Council telling them that Tacoma needs a raise.
"There definitely should be a raise in the minimum wage to $15. Because there’d be a lot more money made, and you wouldn’t have to worry about paying your bills and then only paying your bills. You can instead of just living to work, work to live."
"It’s been very rough, living off of these wages for over 10 years, and now I have a daughter of three months that I’m trying to support. And it’s a lot of work, supporting a kid and just trying to make ends meet."