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.