“I believe that every person that is willing to work and work hard deserves dignity and respect and the ability to support their own families.”
Meet Amanda Monroe, a mommy who recently testified at a New York Wage Board hearing. She truly lays it out clearly for people to empathize and understand what it must be like. But the last 15 seconds? She reaches my heart, man.
Although Amanda had a career, The Great Recession took its toll.
Amanda started working in billing at a medical center in 1999. She worked her way up in a specialist’s office at a rheumatology center and then enrolled in college at Bryant& Stratton four years ago for her medical assistant’s degree.
She had her son( the one sleeping in the video above) in 2010 and lost her task about the same time. The economy, still on a slow rebound from The Great Recession, meant plenty of people were looking to fill tasks like the one she lost.
She couldn’t find work for the first two years of her son’s life.
In fact, the industry had changed: Without a degree, she couldn’t even get into the door. Ultimately, she operated out of unemployment. Upon was found that she qualified for state-assisted child care, she realise she was in a bad place.
“You have to be so poor to qualify for child care assistance, ” she quipped. “You have to basically have zero.”
As Amanda explains in the video, the current minimum wage doesn’t encompas the most basic needs.
Amanda ultimately took a task at Dunkin’ Donuts and, eventually, McDonald’s. She truly wanted to make sure her son to had the best childhood education possible, but it meant that there were extra fees that went to child care costs.
She started paying $15 per week to the child care provider. That cost has gone up; now, she owes $37 each week, which she can’t afford. It wasn’t long before she owed the child care provider over $100 three week’s fees unpaid.
“I borrow money, ” she said.
Amanda is forced to rely on food stamps, Medicaid, and subsidized child care, but it’s still not sufficient. She needs $15 an hour so she can take care of her son and make sure he has access to the future he deserves.
There are many more narratives like hers out there. This is why the fight for a $15 per hour minimum wage matters.
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