Mark Byrnes is a former senior associate editor at CityLab who writes about design and architecture.
Stories of workers who survive on difficult work and little money.
Last week, fast food workers around the United States went on strike in 60 different cities, asking for the right to unionize without retaliation and for a "living wage" of $15 an hour. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25.
Around the world, many workers struggle with the same challenges, facing menial wages, odd hours, long shifts, and grueling commutes. Recently, Reuters photographers profiled service workers around the world, from a cleaner in Shanghai to a maid in La Paz to an auto parts employee in New York. Below, their images and their story:
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
NEW YORK CITY, USA