Low-Wage America: Sandy Hicks In America, it is possible to work full time but not make a living. NPR's Noah Adams begins a year-long special assignment, traveling the nation to profile America's low-income workforce. In this segment, Adams profiles Sandy Hicks, a housekeeper at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
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Housekeeper at the Univ. of Tennessee for 25 Years

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NPR's Noah Adams talks with Sandy Hicks, a housekeeper at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for 25 years.

As summer begins and the students gone, she and her co-workers are cleaning all the dorm rooms in Melrose Hall. She's now making $8.98 an hour, is having trouble paying her bills, and worries about the physical demands of the job.

Still, she likes the students and feels she's an important part of the University of Tennessee.