Three more video interviews added — we have over 70 stories online

Today, we’re adding three more video interviews to our 100 Stories.  Our online total is now 72!

Valentin Figueroa, María Isabel ___ and María ___ (we’ve omitted their last names to protect their identities) are agricultural fieldworkers, all 50-plus, originally from Mexico and currently out of work. We conducted their interview in Lamont, Calif., and Érica __, the 24-year-old daughter of María, helped translate for us during the interview. When they find work, they pick grapes, tangerines, blueberries and nectarines, and package carrots, green beans, asparagus, potatoes and turnips. It is hard physical labor, and younger workers are hired before older workers. Recently they have been paid under a contract based on the amount of work they do. Under a contract, fieldworkers earn between 30 and 40 dollars daily. In contrast, when they are paid by the hour, they can earn about 70 dollars each day. Of the three, only Valentin receives unemployment payments because he is an American citizen. The three continue to survive in the United States because family members chip in to help pay for rent, food and medical care.

Mike Boyd, 57, a native Californian, decided to switch careers when a larger, out-of-state bank purchased the local bank where he worked.  He returned to college to become a teacher, but his plan has been thwarted by California’s budget crisis. The state has laid off thousands of teachers, and Mike has been unable to find a full-time position in either a public or private school.  Increasingly frustrated by the anonymous online job search process, Mike has only been able to work occasionally either as a substitute teacher or in temporary positions.

Sheila Cooper, 53, is also a native Californian.  She is married with two sons, 23 and 19, who both have special needs.  Sheila and her husband worked at northern California’s largest dental laboratory, where he was a manager and she was a technician.  As a consequence of the Great Recession, people began to defer dental treatments, and the lab’s business suffered.  Sheila’s husband lost his job in 2007 and remained out of work for 16 months, until he was finally rehired as a driver at a much lower hourly wage.  Sheila was laid off last June.  Their home is in foreclosure, and they are currently negotiating, hoping to be able to remain in it.  They are scraping by with the help of family members. Sheila is seeking a clerical job and upgrading her computer skills, but California’s high rate of unemployment makes finding work daunting.



KennApaceach said:

Canada Pharmacy For Methotrexate viagra prescription Viagra Paris Vendre

buy cialis tablets said:

buy cialis canada pharmacy how to use cialis 20mg tablets cialis for sale in uk real cialis pills cialis viagra sale canada

discount brand cialis said:

cialis sale online cheap cialis forum cheap brand name cialis order cialis for daily use can you buy cialis over the counter

Kevinexant said:

how much are cialis pills buy cialis no prescription uk cheap cialis for sale cheap soft cialis buy cialis uk cheap

sildenafil citrate 100mg said:

buy viagra france sildenafil generic cheap viagra bulk sildenafil

Stanleydew said:

buy viagra edmonton sildenafil 100mg best place to buy viagra yahoo sildenafil 20 mg do not order mexican viagra

Alfredosmupe said:

viagra online australia cheap viagra for sale cheap viagra sale us 100mg viagra for sale cheap viagra india

GreggHot said:

order viagra generic ebay viagra for sale order viagra with no prescription online viagra for sale in canada buy viagra with a mastercard

JamestoisT said:

buy cialis levitra cialis online can you buy cialis online in australia order cialis online the cheapest cialis

Leave a Comment »

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *