There’s a tendency to associate fast-food with American nostalgia, which can shield issues in the franchise structure ranging from wage theft to violence and safety concerns. Most recently, fast-food workers have been at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 in their public facing jobs, in addition to confronting difficult work conditions that became more acute during the pandemic.

In this episode, Mauricio Juarez shares his journey from working in the silver mines in Taxco, Mexico to working in fast-food in San Diego in his sixties, and becoming a part of the Fight for $15.


To learn more about the fast-food industry, please check out our recent reports:
(2022) Fast-Food Frontline: COVID-19 and Working Conditions in Los Angeles
(2021) The Fast-Food Industry and COVID-19 in Los Angeles

These reports were a collaboration between the UCLA Labor Center, UC Berkeley Labor Center, UCLA Labor Occupational Health and Safety Program, and UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program.

To learn more about the Fight for $15, visit

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