Jeans Plant Gives Hourly Workers a Safety Net

A worker in the Levi's plant processes stacks of jeans. Elaine Korry, NPR

A worker in the Canton, Miss., Levi's plant processes a stack of jeans. Elaine Korry/NPR hide caption

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A photo of Levi-Strauss and Co. workers in the early 20th century. Red Tab Foundation

The earliest known photo of Levi-Strauss and Co. workers, taken at the company's original plant in California. Red Tab Foundation hide caption

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One in four U.S. jobs now qualifies as low income, according to the Census Bureau. Millions of working families are barely scraping by. Most have little or no savings, and a sudden financial emergency can push them over the edge into poverty.

As part of our series on low-wage workers, NPR's Elaine Korry reports on the efforts of one company — Levi-Strauss and Co. — to help workers get out of a sudden crisis — and keep them from getting into a jam in the future.

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