Rose Thompson (25, second from left) demonstrates outside a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago with colleagues. McDonald’s workers in California, Michigan and New York have filed lawsuits against the company and several franchise owners, asserting that they illegally underpaid employees by erasing hours from their timesheets, not paying overtime and ordering them to work off the clock. Rose works at McDonald's and earns 8,36 USD an hour. 'I am not even close to be able to pay my bills, buy food and live a decent life. People are angry. They're frustrated. We need to take this fight. McDonald's earned five billion dollars last year. Five billion! With a B. And I need to get food stamps to survive. It’s not right. It’s not fair' she says. Hard.Landis a journey through rust belt and blue collar America to meet the people struggling to keep the 'American Dream' alive: middle class people, the unemployed, the new poor, the workers on low or minimum wages and those who have had their benefits cut. Photographer Espen Rasmussen and journalist Roy Freddy Andersen travelled from Chicago to Detroit and on to Youngstown (OH), Beckley (WV), Williamsport (PA), ending their trip in New York. Their journey focuses on regular people and the consequences of globalisation, mechanisation and the growing gap between rich and poor in the US. The decline of many industries such as car building in Detroit and mining in West Virginia have brought about a shift for millions of workers into low paid service jobs which is changing the social fabric of many parts of the US.