NC Raise Up gets direction from our Steering Committee—a dedicated group of low wage worker-leaders from the fast food, retail, care and service industries. Our Steering Committee meets weekly. We focus on winning real victories that will impact workers’ lives.
Jamila works at Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. She led her coworkers in a safety walkout and shut down their location for a day—eventually winning a better COVID sick leave policy for workers at dozens of Freddy's stores. She joined NC Raise Up in 2018, and her voice has been getting louder ever since.
Rita has worked at McDonald's for 10 years and been a part of NC Raise Up for more than half of that time. She went on strike and spoke to the press repeatedly about the lack of COVID safety protections for workers in her store—winning protective gear for herself and her coworkers. Rita is dedicated to raising wages and building power for all workers in her home state of North Carolina.
Keenan is an essential worker, a father and a grandfather. He started working in fast food at 15 years old and has held many jobs across different industries. These jobs have a few things in common—low wages, no benefits, and no chance to come together with other workers in a union. Keenan has been part of NC Raise Up since 2014 because he believes organizing with other low wage workers is the only way to win dignity, safety and fair pay.