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Ladders to opportunity: Sue

“You make $15 ten years ago, you were making really really good money. You make $15 an hour now, and you’re scraping.” Ask Sue about her job history and she’ll tell you she has worked almost every job in the

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Ladders to opportunity: Sandra

“I grew up with farmers and mechanics, and those types of jobs were the middle class. And it just doesn’t seem that way anymore.”  Sandra grew up in a time when many hard working families were able to join the middle

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Health Care, Higher Education

Ladders to opportunity: Angela

“I’ve been promised a dream that doesn’t exist anymore.  The rich are getting richer; the middle class are getting poorer… I think that’s really sad for our country. I’m waiting for us to step up and do something right and

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Educational Opportunity, Equal Pay, Higher Education, Retirement Security

Ladders to opportunity: Katie

“I just knew I didn’t want to live paycheck-to-paycheck like my parents have. I wanted better for myself…I threw myself into school because I saw what I could be like if I didn’t.” Katie grew up with a comfortable middle

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Ladders to opportunity: Chris

“I don’t expect to retire—that’s the thing—I expect to keep on working.  I don’t have much saved….I’m worried about it.” Chris, a baby boomer in his 60s, has his roots in Pullman, WA. After leaving Kansas during the dust bowl

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Retirement Security

Ladders to opportunity: Carmen

“I pay close to three hundred dollars a month just for medical, that’s not even dental and eye [care].  That’s a big chunk of money. In my son’s situation, with [his] reoccurring illnesses, there’s always labs and tests. I had to take a

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Health Care, Retirement Security

Ladders to opportunity: Jessie

“You feel like you want to become an adult, live on your own, leave your parents, go to work, go to school, but financially, that’s really not possible.” Jessie, a young man in his early 30s, has lived in Washington

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Ladders to opportunity: Tara

“I honestly don’t know how I’ll make it, but I can see the long-term goal so it just keeps me working harder.” Tara is a preschool teacher who is also in school, working toward her Bachelor’s degree. The high cost

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity

Ladders to opportunity: Ashley

“When you have kids at home that look up to you, you have to try every day. It can be a struggle.” As the sole breadwinner for her family of four young children, Ashley can’t afford not to work. She’s

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay
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