People ask her if she's afraid, Peña says, if she worries that something will happen to her because she has become so adamant and vocal. "A lot of people are still afraid to say something, and I understand that," she says. "But I've gotten to the point where I am saying, 'Enough.' Maybe because I'm older. I'm alone now, my husband has died, my kids are grown. I've lost that fear. Sometimes I get looks and I see anger in people's eyes, but it's okay. I don't care anymore."

Priscilla Iezzi
Elva Lopez, Isabel Pea, Lupe Valle, Maria Paniagua and Lupe Ortegon of Prudential's Riverside facility say they deserve a living wage
Not your neighborhood laundromat: A typical industrial laundry machine holds hundreds of pounds of dirty clothes
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Not your neighborhood laundromat: A typical industrial laundry machine holds hundreds of pounds of dirty clothes

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