Food Workers, in their own stories

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November 18, 2015   |  

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Food Workers, in their own stories

East Bay Express | by Luke Tsai

“I fell for it,” says Dominic Ware, his voice tinged with sarcasm. “For that brief moment, I was like, okay, this is how you get the American slice of the pie.”

Ware, an Oakland native, is talking about his first days as a cart-pusher at the Walmart in San Leandro, and he’s having a conversation with a new acquaintance, Luis DeLeon, a cook on a cruise ship. DeLeon chuckles, probably because he has heard this kind of pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps narrative all too many times: “You hear so many stories of people working nine days a week and doing it, and then they become — ten years from now — really successful.”

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