Carrillo, a widower, came to New York in 1997 with his wife, who passed away 10 years ago. “You get used to the solitude,” he said wistfully.
Despite his age, he cannot afford to retire.
“Although I live alone, what I make is not enough; the cost of living keeps rising,” said Carrillo who works three days a week and takes home about $155.
Still strong and energetic, Don José, as his fellow workers call him, has been on six strikes since the beginning of the fast-food workers’ movement for fair wages in 2012. They want the salaries of the 4 million fast-food workers in the country raised to $15 an hour and to have the right to join a union.