There’s a feeling of insecurity a lot of retail workers talk about. Alex Cole, who’s 29, knows it well. Until a few months ago, he worked part time in member services at a Sam’s Club store in Linden, New Jersey, for $11.25 an hour. His hours would change week to week.
“You're always wondering if your next couple of weeks are actually going to be the same amount in your paycheck,” he said.
Cole lived with his parents, and after paying his bills each month, he barely broke even. “Your job, your expenses, and sleep,” he said. “That becomes your life.”