Myrna De los Santos struggled with health issues for years – but she simply could not afford the health care she needed on McDonald’s pay. Last week, she passed away. She was 49.
Myrna worked at fast-food restaurants in Independence, Missouri outside Kansas City, for over a decade. For the past 4 and a half years, she worked at McDonald’s – until low pay and deteriorating health drove her to quit 4 months ago.
McDonald’s failed Myrna with pay so low she couldn’t afford to go to the doctor – and even though she made only $9 an hour, Missouri’s broken safety net was not there to catch her. She never qualified for Medicaid or other help – she was left on her own.
To those who knew her personally, she was an inspiration. Full of warmth and joy. Always hardworking despite the odds – even walking to work through rain and snow when she couldn’t afford transportation.
To the #FightFor15, she was a leader – inspiring others on strike lines for over 2 years. She is the reason we fight. The reason we will not stop until all people who work can afford to live.
Today, we call on McDonald’s to pay employees enough to afford the care they need – and make sure no hardworking person suffers Myrna’s fate again.