Vince Alvarado is a third generation sheet metal worker. Starting in El Paso TX and traveling to various sites in the West, Alvarado worked on large commercial jobs with his Union. For many years, Alvarado stood in opposition to Right to Work legislation testifying at the NM State Legislature. He is currently fighting that battle county by county in New Mexico as Americans for Prosperity money now targets counties to dismantle prevailing wage laws. As the new president of the State Federation of Labor, Alvarado brings his strong social and economic justice beliefs to the task of fighting for New Mexico workers.
The Working People's History of New Mexico Project (WPHNM) is an oral labor history project created to gather the labor stories of working people in New Mexico. While part of the interviews focus on the specific jobs that the interviewees performed, the interviews also explore labor-management relations as well as union, workers council, and social activism participation. The interviews contain information about family and social relationships and offer themes of social and historical interest in New Mexico and the US.