Edward Roberson is a baby boomer and armed forces veteran that continues to struggle to find his place in the job market of today. As someone who has overcome many of life’s challenges, including incarceration, deaths in the family, and substance abuse, Edward is a hard worker who wants to excel and build a better future for himself and his family. Unfortunately too often the jobs available to him are dead-end and lacking the dignity of work that he can be proud of.
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#GoodJobsForAll: This Labor Day, let’s get real about ‘good jobs’

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Twenty-five-year-old single mother Achol Akuar dreams of taking her four children to Disney World. As a preschool teacher who just got off of welfare, she knows that dream may be far off.

“I want to be a good mom, but how can I when I live paycheck to paycheck?” said Akuar. “I am struggling, but what am I supposed to do?”

From the New York Times exposé on Amazon’s cutthroat workplace to fast food workers protesting across the country, Americans like Akuar have always been concerned with their jobs. Now, with Labor Day approaching, there is an opportunity to reflect and start a national conversation about what it means to have a “good job.”

Leading up to Labor Day, MSNBC and more than 50 other organizations are joining Workshift online to start that conversation, using the hashtag #GoodJobsForAll, so that we can build an America where all jobs are good jobs.

Hundreds of people – from New York, Iowa and Florida – have already started the conversation by sharing their stories and are putting a human face to the millions of families who are seeking better opportunities in America.

As Akuar said, “I am good at my job, it should be good for me.”

If we can have #GoodJobsForAll, we can hopefully build towards a brighter future – and maybe even a trip to Disney World. 


Nyaisha Lee, 21, was born and raised in the Bronx. She is currently a Data Collection Analyst/ Technician for Xerox and is proud to have a job that enables her to provide some support for her parents. (Photo by Balarama Heller)
A young millennial striving to be the best worker she can be, Nyaisha is resilient and passionate about finding opportunity to grow and develop a career that enables her a comfortable, stable life for herself and her family. Nyaisha Lee, 21, was born and raised in the Bronx. She is currently a Data Collection Analyst/ Technician for Xerox and is proud to have a job that enables her to provide some support for her parents.
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Roy Castro, 40, has started his own small business to support his family and provide his community with empowering, stable employment opportunities. (Photo by Balarama Heller)
After years of working multiple jobs with little flexibility, Roy Castro, 40, has started his own small business to support his family and provide his community with empowering, stable employment opportunities. He is the current owner of D&M Ice Cream, and turned his life around after spending time incarcerated. He is married with a 3 year old daughter.
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A mother of two, Ashley Bermudez, 28, and her husband both work full-time, yet struggle to have both the stability to put food on the table and the flexibility to care for their children’s needs as they grow. (Photo by Balarama Heller)
A mother of two, Ashley Bermudez, 28, and her husband both work full-time, yet struggle to have both the stability to put food on the table and the flexibility to care for their children’s needs as they grow. Ashley is a Program Coordinator at an Education Nonprofit. 
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Trenise Bryant, 41, works a management position working with children in the school food service program and helping to train and support her largely Hispanic staff. (Photo by Balarama Heller)
After enduring mistreatment and poverty wages in a variety of jobs in Miami, Trenise Bryant, 41, is proud of her management position working with children in the school food service program and helping to train and support her largely Hispanic staff. However, she still struggles to find the stability and opportunity she needs to better support her family and continue her advancement.
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When Courtney Greene was laid off, it was tough to find a job that offered the stability and flexibility she needed, despite an impressive resume. (Photo by Balarama Heller)
Courtney Greene is a single mother of two daughters. When she was laid off, it was tough to find a job that offered the stability and flexibility she needed, despite an impressive resume. She’s excited to start a new job with benefits in September, but wants to do what she can to help other families not have to face the same challenges.
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Working as a preschool teacher, Achol Akuar, 25, is a single mother who struggles to find the flexibility necessary to be there for her four children. (Photo by Balarama Heller)
Working as a preschool teacher, Achol Akuar, 25, is a single mother who struggles to find the flexibility necessary to be there for her four children. She strives to be self sufficient, off of welfare and no longer borrowing money from her family, living paycheck to paycheck and is looking for greater stability and opportunity.
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#GoodJobsForAll: This Labor Day, let's get real about 'good jobs'

Updated