The Question and Answer section for The Glass Castle is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
On Page 112, we are told that Dad told the children that the reason he was having a tough time getting steady work was that the electrician's union was corrupt (Phoenix).
In seventh grade Jeannette is the first person her age to work for the school newspaper, The Maroon Wave. She seeks it out as a place where she can belong and have an identity without worrying about people teasing her for being poor or dirty or...
Jeannette stops making this visit however after Uncle Stanley touches her inappropriately.