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Former Pillowtex Worker Takes Stage at DNC

Jeremy Sprinkle
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Gloria Craven of Eden, NC spoke Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO.

Gloria, a member of UNITE HERE, and her husband lost their jobs as textile workers when Pillowtex closed its doors in 2003. She had worked at the plant for 30 years when the company shipped her job overseas with no notice and no severance pay.

After going to community college using Trade Adjustment Assistance, Gloria encountered work-related medical problems. Now the bad economy, rising prices and lack of health insurance have left her and her husband in tough times.

In her speech to the DNC, Gloria said she's ready for a government that will look out for people like her. Watch the clip.

Gloria Craven introduced Sen. Obama at last week’s Town Hall Meeting in Raleigh. North Carolina Public Radio WUNC did a great piece on her for that event, "Introducing Obama".  The News & Observer also covered it in an article, "Former Pillowtex worker introduces Obama".