Fran works six days a week in fast food, and yet she’s homeless: ‘It’s economic slavery’

Fran Marion and Bridget Hughes are leading voices in Stand Up Kansas City, part of the Fight for $15 movement that Targets Increase the minimum wage across the US

Fran works six days a week in fast food, and yet she’s homeless: ‘It’s economic slavery’

Once a client has barked their order into the mic at the Popeyes drive-thru on Prospect Avenue, Kansas City, the clock starts. Staff have a 180 seconds cook the order to select the order, bag the purchase and deliver it.

The restaurant is on “short shift” at the moment, which means it has about half of the usual staff, therefore Fran Marion frequently has to do all those jobs herself. On the day we met, she estimates she processed 187 orders — roughly one every 2 minutes. Those orders grossed about $950. Marion went home.

Despite working six days a week, Marion, 37, a single mother of 2, can’t make ends meet on the $9.50 an hour she gets at Popeyes (no apostrophe — creator Al Copeland joked he was too poor to afford one). A fast food employee for 22 years, Marion has had a job. Until recently, she was working 9am-4pm at Popeyes, without a break, then crossing town to a janitorial job at Bartle Hall, the conference centre, where she would work from 5pm- to 1.30am for $11 an hour. Even though they were allowed she did not take breaks there either.

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