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Declining fortunes (WUIS Radio)

Fast forward another decade, and meet Gloria Davis, a Chicago meatpacker who testified on minimum wage before a state Senate committee in November. Her job, which pays $8.25 an hour, doesn’t even provide enough income for her to have a home. By the time she pays for transportation and other essentials, she told senators, there is no money left for rent, and certainly not savings. She has bounced from shelter to shelter. Of other low-income workers, she told the senators, “We’re out here, and we are drowning.”

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