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Low-Wage America: Sandy Hicks

Sandy Hicks, housekeeper at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
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Sandy Hicks, housekeeper at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

NPR's Noah Adams talks with Sandy Hicks, a housekeeper at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for 25 years.

As summer begins and the students gone, she and her co-workers are cleaning all the dorm rooms in Melrose Hall. She's now making $8.98 an hour, is having trouble paying her bills, and worries about the physical demands of the job.

Still, she likes the students and feels she's an important part of the University of Tennessee.

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Noah Adams, long-time co-host of NPR's All Things Considered, brings more than three decades of radio experience to his current job as a contributing correspondent for NPR's National Desk., focusing on the low-wage workforce, farm issues, and the Katrina aftermath. Now based in Ohio, he travels extensively for his reporting assignments, a position he's held since 2003.
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