Susana Palomo couldn't sleep for a week, torn between a dream and reality.
One of the hundreds of workers laid off last year from the Nabisco plant on Chicago's Southwest Side, where Oreos were made for more than six decades, Palomo had embarked on a bold plan to attend college and perhaps open her own small bakery someday. But Mondelez International, the $30 billion global parent company of Nabisco, called her back to work in December.
Palomo's predicament: Return to the factory job and get paid? Or continue studying at the French Pastry School, where she was thriving?
"I know money is really important in life, but other things also. If you're not happy, money's...