Josh Malloy, 25, lives in East Liberty with his little brother and said his $12.50 per hour salary makes it difficult to keep up with the cost of living.

Malloy has worked at UPMC Mercy in housekeeping for more than three years, and said he’s spent most of that time fighting for workers’ rights. He said UPMC’s decision to phase in a $15 an hour minimum wage was a victory, but the fight’s not over. Malloy said most of his coworkers want a union, but there’s a lot of fear of retribution.

Not from him.

“Oh, no, everyone knows I’m trying to unionize,” Malloy said. “This last week, I handed in my strike notice on Thursday. I’m going on strike.”

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