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“I Know What It’s Like to Struggle”: The Working Lives of Young Students in an Urban Community College

Chronicle of the difficulties faced by young student-workers, illustrating the burdens of the work-school balance, and the funneling of such workers into highly exploitative, low-wage service jobs. The authors argue that traditional solutions emphasizing upward mobility through education are inadequate, and call for actions directed toward the improvement of worker conditions. The article concludes with fronts for future organizing.