5 years, Detroit Newspapers
I can't go back to work if the union doesn't tell
me to. I support my union. Without a union you don't have a mouthpiece
on the job. It's been hard. Mentally, it's been a terrible thing
to be looking where your future's going. I don't have a college
degree. I'm 51. I'm too old to be running from job to job. I'm a
grandmother. I'm not there for my grandkids like I should be. Financially
I'm scared. I can't buy much. That first Christmas I couldn't buy
them anything. I collected some food from the food bank. I got a
free turkey and I fixed them a big dinner. I had the time. Everybody
loved it. One thing that hurts is that my neighbors on both sides
still take the paper. I hope when they need some help I'm strong
enough to give it.
© 1998 Detroit Journalism Photography. To secure
reproduction rights to any image e-mail GeoWaldman@aol.com
or call 207-607-0468.