Tuesday, November 05, 2013

ECONOMY - Survival on $8/hr Job in Brooklyn

"One NYC family's struggle to survive on a fast food salary" PBS Newshour 11/4/2013


HARI SREENIVASAN (Newshour):  Twenty-five-year-old Shenita Simon has worked at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Brooklyn, New York, for two years.  She's a full-time shift supervisor, helping manage other workers and filling in wherever she's needed, from being a cashier to running the fryer.

Do you get benefits?

SHENITA SIMON, resident of New York City:  No.  No vacation, no benefits, no sick days, no personal days.  That's luxury.  That's unheard of now.  No.

HARI SREENIVASAN:  And all this for how much an hour?

SHENITA SIMON:  I currently get paid $8 an hour.

HARI SREENIVASAN:  After taxes, that wage translates into about $270 a week in take-home pay, and with that, she is supporting a household of seven.

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