April 2011

Interview with Manufacturing Worker

Recently Tish, a worker who makes medical carts, offered to take a break and tell me about her busy job. Tish works four days a week, often with ten to twelve hour shifts, and starts her day very early—around 2:30 or 3:00 AM—so she can get home and take care of her son, Kenneth, who is six and in kindergarten.

How did you come to work at this job?

I just knew somebody who worked there. She was my friend and she was working there for years and she said she could get me a job there. I was applying for work all over the place but I couldn’t get a job. Nobody seemed to be hiring or they had a lot of people applying. It’s a beginner’s job and you don’t have to have experience.

What does your job entail?