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Brian Edwards

I started doing production work in 1991.  So, it’s coming up on 20 years.  And I’ve been freelance, doing it as self-employed, for the last five years. 

Well, I have a 401(k) from a previous job that I had.  I have a 401(k), but, now that I’m self-employed, nothing else is getting put into it.  It’s basically sitting there.  I haven’t checked it since the stock market crashed, so I have a feeling...

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Desmond Brown

Silver Spring, MD

I’m Desmond Brown, going on 52 years old.  In fact, October coming up, I’ll be 52.  I have a company in Silver Spring, Maryland, and we provide portable x-ray, ultrasound, and echocardiograph services to nursing homes, to jails, and to private doctors’ offices. 

As an employer I do provide healthcare for my full-time people, and I pay the whole thing.  They don’t have to pay any percentage at all.  But I...

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David Palombini

I work for L.T.V. Steel Corp.  They filed Chapter 11 two times, dumped our pension to the P.B.G.C. and then they filed Chapter 11 again, dumped our health ins., trashed the 401k's. I'm glad we had a union, we would have ended up with nothing. That's my story.

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Shareen Miller

Falls Church, VA

I’m a personal care assistant in Falls Church, Virginia who cares for a client in her mid twenties with Spastic Cerebral Palsy. It’s the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. I love making sure that Marissa can lead a full and engaged life.

I make $12 an hour with no healthcare benefits, retirement benefits, sick time or vacation. 

My husband works as well. But like most Americans these days, we’re barely getting by....

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Luz Villafana

Three years ago, I retired from my job as a health worker for San Diego County after 17 years there.  I had worked since I was 16—when I immigrated to the U.S. and worked as a live-in while studying to learn English.  I live modestly but comfortably: Social Security and my pension together bring me up to 70 percent of my old salary.  I’m certainly not rich—when something breaks at home, I have to dip into my savings to get it...

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