Transcript: NY pizza deliveryman Gregory Reynoso’s press briefing remarks on the Fair Minimum Wage Act – March 3, 2014

WTF Gregory Reynoso

Partial transcript of press conference remarks by Gregory Reynoso, a pizza delivery driver from Brooklyn, New York, on the introduction of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 to raise the federal hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2016. The press conference was held on March 3, 2014:

Thank you. I’m glad to be here.

My name is Gregory Reynoso. I live in Brooklyn, New York with my wife and my daughter, who’s almost two years.

I’m a driver for Domino’s Pizza. I earn $7.25 an hour. I work hard to provide for my family. But my wage is not enough to make the ends meet.

Right now, we are just surviving and we are struggling because the cost of living keeps going up but my wages stay the same.

The rent has gone up. The cost of gas is going up. Sometimes if I pay one bill, I can’t pay the others. Can’t really pay the others.

I deliver the food to all the people all day. But sometimes I need food stamps so my family can eat.

On my job, I have to use my own car, and Domino doesn’t provide insurance, and they don’t provide enough gas for all day.

Sometimes, even with tips, I feel like I’m losing money.

If the minimum wage goes up to $10.10, it will make a big difference for me and my family.

I could send my daughter to a better school. Or I can get a better apartment. We could live more comfortable with less problem. I could even take my family to dinner or a movie. A better life. I want my wife to be able to finish school. I want my daughter to go to university in the future.

I would like to start a career for a better future.

And my family’s not alone. So many families in this country have the same problem. And on their behalf and my family’s behalf, I would like to ask the Congress to support this bill and thank Sen. Harkin and Congressman Miller for their commitment to raising wage for working people in this country.

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