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fast food strike taylor mcloon
  • Name: Taylor McLoon
  • Age: 18
  • Home: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Employer: McDonald's
  • Earns: $12.80 an hour

In New Zealand we have unions, but I still don't make enough. I've been working at McDonald's for three years. The union paid for my trip to the U.S. to join the protest and show my solidarity. I live with my parents in Auckland but I have to give them a portion of what I earn and pay for my own food. I'd like to go to college next year, but I'll need a car to get there and I can't afford it.

First published May 11, 2014: 9:29 AM ET

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