Debbie Currie, a 55-year-old grandmother of five, had worked a variety of retail jobs over the years while raising her three children.
Several years ago, a close friend who was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4 invited her to a union function. There Debbie learned about Local 4’s apprenticeship program, and looking for a more rewarding career path, she decided to apply.
For the last three and half years Debbie has been working on the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project in Fall River, Massachusetts. The project is one of the five largest projects of a $3 billion effort to reduce the number of structurally deficient bridges in the state, and is a mega construction project that receives federal funding