Kevin Burgos, CT
I have worked at Dunkin Donuts in Hartford, CT for the past 10 years. It’s a good job and I work hard, but when you only earn $11.50 an hour, no amount of hard work is going to cover all your costs.
I’m also a father of four kids between the ages of 7 and 3. Making sure they have what they need is my top priority. That includes an apartment to live in – where the electricity and gas are on – as well as food to eat, and money to take the bus. The expenses add up.
And even though I work, I’ve been forced to rely on public assistance in order to cover those basic costs. That’s why two years ago, I joined the National Organizing Committee of the Fight for $15 movement. Working people like me should have the ability to join together to negotiate for a wage that we can support our families on.
Communities like mine must have the right to protect our futures in order for our families to thrive. I want my kids to grow up with every opportunity available to them. But the economic rules in this country already feel unfairly tilted toward the wealthy. We need to make things better for working people, not worse.
That’s why the Friedrichs v. CTA Supreme Court case is so important. The case puts at risk working peoples’ ability to come together and work towards a better future. I’m proud and excited to travel to Washington, D.C. to make sure the justices hear how this case could impact families like mine.
The voices of hardworking people are only heard when we speak up together. Our nation’s highest court should not let wealthy CEOs and special interests silence us.