"We do a lot of work": Texas' low-wage workers hope for more as Biden, Congress push minimum wage hike

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Monique Warren works as a baggage handler at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Warren earns $9 per hour, and is a supporter of President Joe Biden's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Credit: May-Ying Lam for The Texas Tribune

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HOUSTON — In the basement of George Bush Intercontinental Airport, baggage handler Monique Warren works in a small room where she ensures luggage federal agents have cleared for travel makes it on to departing planes.

Hired at $9 an hour in 2018, Warren often works long hours. She’d hoped for a raise last year. Instead, she was furloughed in April and not called back to work until October.