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My name is Shenita Simon. I live in Brownsville in Brooklyn, N.Y., with my husband and three daughters, who are 9, 5, and 5 months old.
I work at KFC in Brooklyn, where I started out earning $7.25 per hour. After four months at KFC, I was promoted to shift supervisor and made $7.75 per hour, and only recently got a $0.25 "raise" that was promised to me.
It's not enough to support us. I work hard to provide for my family. In 2012, my overtime hours were routinely paid in the following week's check as regular hours. read more
Across the country, working Americans are struggling. Millions are working one or multiple part-time jobs because they couldn't find full-time work. Millions more are making just barely above minimum wage, or working long hours without overtime pay. Wages have stagnated for the past four decades, and even plummeted compared to productivity. Meanwhile, inequality has skyrocketed. read more