Low-Wage America: Seasonal Workers

Getting a Second, Temporary Job to Pay the Bills

Seasonal worker Stephen Campbell

Seasonal worker Stephen Campbell plans to use his earnings to help pay for his cell phone bills and a new car. Noah Adams, NPR hide caption

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Rural Madison, Va., is home to the Plow & Hearth catalog distribution center. During the holidays, Plow & Hearth triples its workforce with 700 seasonal hires whose pay starts at $8.00 an hour. Many are taking on second jobs. NPR's Noah Adams visits the center as the evening shift begins.

He talks with high school senior Stephen Campbell; Ken Murray, a retired Pentagon employee; Stella Lewis, who arises each morning at 3:15 for her job at Lowe's, then heads for a shift at Plow & Hearth; Wilmer Knighting, a cabinet maker hoping to cover his Christmas bills; and supervisor Paul Hartzell, who sells products to golf courses in his day job.

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