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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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Steve and Ryan – Painters-Turned-Friends

Steve and Ryan – Painters-Turned-Friends

A lot of friendships are formed in school. Whether it’s the kid you ride the bus with, the person who sits with you at lunch, the guy from your baseball team, sharing a formative experience creates a special bond. The same holds for Steve and Ryan here – two painters who’ve formed an awesome friendship…
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