A year after immigrating from Mexico, Olivia began working at a San José McDonald’s location. Six years later, she was promoted to manager. During her 18 years working for McDonad’s, she’s witnessed how her co-workers – especially other Latinos and immigrants like herself — are often overworked, underpaid, and ignored by their employers.
This led Olivia last year to organize with Fight For $15, a national movement of working people fighting for fair wages and the right to form a union without retaliation.
Throughout the pandemic, Olivia has joined other San José fast-food workers in striking, attending actions, and organizing to win personal protective equipment, paid sick days, and other basics during the pandemic.
Olivia joined the Council so that she can help ensure working people in San José have a voice in the workplace and in their City, are paid a fair wage, and have the basics we all need to survive.
Olivia lives in San José with her partner.