Stephanie Fello, a prepared-foods clerk at the South Side Giant Eagle, rose through the ranks of the union representing workers during her nearly six years with the O’Hara-based grocer.

Yet she still finds herself in disbelief that hers is truly a union job, she said. She earns just over $8 an hour, she said, while dealing with an unpredictable schedule and more duties piled onto an already demanding work flow that includes stocking the store with fresh salads, fruit and sandwiches; frying fish and chicken; and, most recently, being trained in how to legally sell alcohol.

“It’s ridiculous they expect that of people they’re paying $8.25 an hour,” she said.

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