Research done by Humberto Rojas

A couple weeks ago I met Marcos who specializes in installing tile. Marcos was working at a house in Huntington Beach and where I also met Alex. Alex is from Michoacan, Mexico and has been here in the United States for four years. His first job was working ina factory up in northern California. He decided to come to Orange County instead because he had family and friends here. He began working as a JORNALERO about three years ago and his specialty is plumbing.

He learned how to work plumbing from his dad and uncles back at home in Michoacán. Alex mentioned to me that it has been tough working as a JORNALERO considering the economy has been bad, but has faith that it will pick up. He usually prefers to do plumbing, but he can do anything the client request since he has gain many other skills. One thing I notice with Alex is that he carries his own tools with him and also has a truck to get around. I took I video of him installing a sink and here is his work/story…….


About ocbarrios

Professor for Cal State Fullerton's Barrio Studies class for Fall 2011 semester

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