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Byline: Iliana Limon ILIMON@ABQTRIB.COM / 823-3632
Maria Gallegos has worked for the city for 11 years, but she barely gets by each month.
The single mother is worried about her child care costs, which leaped from $98 to $140 a week during the past six weeks.
Bills mount, and she puts off paying utilities until the last possible moment, but Gallegos, a clerk in city offices, knows a time will come when her salary, which hasn't been raised since 2001, simply won't be enough.
"The reality is, my quality of life has been directly impacted without wage increases for the past three years. I am due," Gallegos said.