A working father with a high school education, Marvin was one of 18 minimum wage workers gathered at a South Side job center to discuss the need for higher pay.
Job creation doesn't mean the end of hard times for many Houston area families.
McDonald's aims to "help" its workers who make, on average, $8.25 per hour - not by raising their salaries, but by telling them how to budget their income.
The actions reflect rising activism nationwide, as one-day strikes have hit not just fast food eateries and retailers, but Walmart and its oppressive unhealthy warehouses.
Workers' foes are trying a new tack: Change the wage base, to make the wages as low as possible.
Striking Bay Area Rapid Transit workers and Oakland city workers protested what they said were management's refusal to increase wages and demands for givebacks, despite rising revenues.