MIT’s CoLab Radio blog featured Paul Garcia, who talks about the three generations of his family, from the fields to construction to UCLA. Paul’s father is a laborer with Laborers Union Local 652.
“It’s been a generational struggle, from backbreaking work in the agricultural fields my grandfather endured to my father’s hard work in construction,” Paul says. “I am proud of where I come from, and this is what I felt when I received my diploma this year. I owe all the opportunities available to me to my family’s sacrifice and hard work.”
Update: Several other outlets also picked up this story! Read Paul’s story on the AFL-CIO Blog, California Labor Federation’s Labor’s Edge blog, and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s Construction Careers site.