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D Rojas – A Carpenter and So Much More!

D Rojas – A Carpenter and So Much More!

Carpenter. Mentor. Native. Mexican. Identical Twin. Volunteer. Gay Games Captain. Dyke on a Bike. Bowler. Softball Player.  D Rojas is a lot of things. But first and foremost, she’s a carpenter, and has been for the past 31 years. Her decades-spanning commitment to the trades is pretty simple to understand, the way she tells it:…
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Matt and Matt, Jr. – Union Brotherhood Between Father and Son

Matt and Matt, Jr. – Union Brotherhood Between Father and Son

“Dad – I don’t think college is going to be the right avenue for me.” Matthew Hopkins Jr. completed his first year of college knowing he had to make a change. After explaining his love for working with his hands and being outdoors, Matthew Hopkins Sr. was overwhelmed with a sense of empathy. Senior started…
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Eric Oliverius – Plumbers Local 15

Eric Oliverius – Plumbers Local 15

Simply put, I owe my union a huge debt of gratitude. Before joining the Plumbers Union in 2012 I was a lost soul. I graduated from Mounds View High School in 2005 and was determined to carve my own path in the world. I had big aspirations and thought that I, alone, could save the…
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Joshua Halloran – Carpenters Local 322

Joshua Halloran – Carpenters Local 322

Up until 2011 I was a junior high school English and history teacher. As the effects of the housing crash trickled down through the economy, the attendance at the private school I taught at decreased and I was laid off. Without a job and unable to collect unemployment due to my previous job being a…
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