The Transylvania Times -

By Derek McKissock
News Editor" 

Coalition Wants To Talk About A'Living Wage'


Lisa Burnette is one of many Transylvania County residents who received a good salary when AFGA was still in business. Like many others,finding comparable wages has been a struggle.(photo by Dereck McKissock)

Editor's Note: The Transylvania Times is featuring a two-part series on the living wage and efforts locally to get the community to talk about and understand the issue.

Just before the Agfa plant closed in 2002, Lisa Burnette was making $13.75 an hour, a "good wage," she said.

The Transylvania County native said her salary as a purchasing agent with Cameron & Barkley, which operated at the Agfa site, and her husband's income as a self-employed construction supervisor meant life was financially stable for the couple and their two sons.

"You could make it on that," she said.

Agfa's closing,...

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