Del Tapia reflects on his 25 + years working for the Solid Waste Department at the City of Santa Fe NM where he was a laborer and a heavy equipment operator. Tapia provides a history of waste collection in the City prior to curbside pick up. The institution of his union, AFSCME 3999, lead to long overdue raises as well as attention to the health and safety issues in the City’s most dangerous job.
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.