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October 02, 2013


Photo: A woman working in chicken processing plant
A woman working in chicken processing plant
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Life On The Line

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Emma Pender and Rita Perry spent more than 30 years combined working in a chicken processing plant in North Carolina. Over the years, both of them faced harsh working conditions, and physical injuries that still plague them. They say that the reason they stayed was because the money was too good to pass up in a town where the jobs were few and were mostly underpaid.  They share their stories from life on the line in this conversation with host Dick Gordon. Both women were a part of a Duke University study. Read Perdue's response to the Duke study.

The original version of this story aired May 14, 2008.

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