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juajen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-12-08 01:38 AM
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6. No, you cannot live on $10 an hr.
A man I know has 20yrs. experience as a cabinet maker, and is making $10 an hr. in LA. He owns his own Travel trailer and lives in an RV campground . As rent is very high in the area I live in, he could not make it if he didn't own his own trailer, let alone ever having hope of a family. His hours are reasonable, but he is exhausted after work, and has a pet to take care of, so has no time for socializing outside of the camp ground he lives in.

It's really tough out there now that manufacturing jobs are non-existent; and construction jobs' wages are low because of the corporations that abuse illegals from everywhere for their own greed.

This man will probably work back up to around $15 an hr. He was injured and had to file workman's comp. While awaiting a back operation (his whole right side was numb) he was homeless and had to live in shelters or under a bridge. After his surgery, it took him nine months to be anywhere normal again. Of course, the company he worked for had no benefits, certainly no health coverage. He lived in FL, another right to work state, which is shorthand for no livable wages.

In short, its HELL out there and a lot more people than realized, are struggling just to eat. It's a shame people don't realize this.
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