Worker’s Story

Angela Runco, 33, East Pittsburgh

$7.25 per hour

I cannot afford to pay my bills and put food on my table to feed my 5 kids with the minimum wage at $7.25. Right now I have to rely on SNAP food stamps to make ends meet. I couldn’t afford to keep our house without working 3 jobs, which means my kids would be left alone most of the time. Being a single mom there is no way to take care of your family when the minimum wage is so low. Congress needs to wake up and see how single mothers are living. This is not right, nor is it fair that we have to struggle to live pay check to pay check. Raising the minimum wage would mean I would be able to live in a decent house with my kids without working 3 jobs, and not rely on food stamps to feed my family.