On April 14, 2016 we were part of the Fight for 15 National Day of Action. We united with elected officials and community allies at a press conference to tell our stories, lift our voices and fight for $15 and union rights for all. Below is Rhina Garabito’s speech. Rhina is a home health aide in Washington DC.
My name is Rhina Garabito and I have been a home health aide for 5 years.
I work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week with three clients and three agencies just to make ends meet for me and my three children.
Every morning I leave the house at 7am and don’t return until 8pm at night. On weekends I work from 8am until 8pm.
I have to work very hard so I can provide for my children.
I pay $1,242 on rent.
I pay for cable and lights.
I pay $200 on insurance, but when I have to fix the car, it’s even more money.
Sometimes I have to take the bus which is $3.80.
I have to buy food for my kids to eat and clothes for them to wear.
It is impossible to take care of the needs of me and my family working $40 hours/week making $13.84.
It’s hard working such long hours.
As a mother, it is my responsibility to give my time and my love to my children.
I have all the love in the world for them but I can’t give them the time they deserve.