April 23, 2015

I am a cook in the US Senate but I still need food stamps to feed my children: I work 70 hours a week doing two jobs but cannot make ends meet. Presidential hopefuls must make profitable federal contractors pay living wages

Every day, I serve food to some of the most powerful people on earth, including many of the senators who are running for president: I’m a cook for the federal contractor that runs the US Senate cafeteria. But today, they’ll have to get their meals from someone else’s hands, because I’m on strike. 
I am walking off my job because I want the presidential hopefuls to know that I live in poverty. Many senators canvas the country giving speeches about creating “opportunity” for workers and helping our kids achieve the “American dream” – most don’t seem to notice or care that workers in their own building are struggling to survive.
I’m a single father and I only make $12 an hour; I had to take a second job at a grocery store to make ends meet. But even though I work seven days a week – putting in 70 hours between my two jobs – I can’t manage to pay the rent, buy school supplies for my kids or even put food on the table. I hate to admit it, but I have to use food stamps so that my kids don’t go to bed hungry.
I’ve done everything that politicians say you need to do to get ahead and stay ahead: I work hard and play by the rules; I even graduated from college and worked as a substitute teacher for five years. But I got laid-off and I now I’m stuck trying to make ends meet with dead-end service jobs.
American voters should ask themselves: if presidential candidates won’t help the workers who serve them every day, will they really help the millions of low-wage American workers who they don’t know or see? I’m a Bible-believing Christian, just like a lot of the candidates. Scripture says to “Love your neighbor” and “Do unto to others as you would have them do unto you”. It’s a shame too few candidates follow the guidance of the book in which they say they believe.
My employer, Compass Group, is renewing its contract with the US government today – but none of the senators or government officials to whom we serve food asked me or my co-workers whether this multinational corporation, headquartered in the United Kingdom, is treating American workers right. No-one bothered to check if the company that makes billions in profits is paying workers a living wage and offering decent benefits so we don’t have to use public aid programs to meet our basic needs. We the workers sure have an opinion when it comes to federal contract renewals – but no one cared enough to ask us.
President Obama and each presidential hopeful should have to tell all Americans whether they will stop giving US contracts to extremely profitable companies who pay their workers so little that we have to rely on public assistance programs like food stamps. Otherwise, all their rhetoric about wanting American workers to get ahead is just empty words.


  1. Don't wait for them to ask you..Tell them. These Congressional millionaires don't give a flying f##ck about your problems unless you grab them by the ears and make them listen.

  2. You want to eat, you'll learn to fight.

  3. This is what will in the end ruin UssA, and this is what is ruining Spain, Portugal, and so on, where Facism rules and gov. acts as neofaudal wassals to suth the robberbarons, whom have erazed all resitance and now rule the land as meival kings.
    They slept at the helm, and when the consequencess of their own insane belife crashed
    and implodd in debt, they trew the bill to your neofaudale gov. whom did what they where told to do, throw a heap of money, robbe from the people, to "help" them, on the behalf of us all.
    Yea, it worked, look around, wall street flurishes while we are plunging deeper and deeper into the abyss.
    Time to take a stand.
    Freedom or slavery, as before so now, its never given, its always TAKEN back.

    Welcome to the brave new world.
    Where everything boils down to one issue, cojones compagneros, cojones.


  4. i bet they do. and i don't blame them.

  5. Thank the Lord our Savior Jesus Christ for inspiring a nation that affords a fantasy dream life for those born into money and hardship, suffering, poverty and crime for those who are not.

    Thank You Jesus!

  6. That is because the motto of the 1 percenters is, "Habeo mea. Ascende tua." which is Latin for "I have mine. Up yours."