Lifetimes of Work

Berta C. De Jesús

Food Services
31 Years of Service

Berta C. De Jesús worked for Food Services for 31 years, beginning in 1971 in Duncan Hall, cleaning tables at the age of 15 in “Family Style” dining, serving over 2,000 Cadets a day for $1.40 an hour. She said it was back-breaking work with only half an hour for lunch. In her experience, as in the case with many other food service workers, she was usually laid off for the summer. To make ends meet, she worked as a migrant farm worker, moving as far north as Michigan and as far south as Florida. Advancement for food service workers has always been difficult, and she encountered this and many other challenges over her long career at Texas A&M. She retired in 2004.

Pedro M. Castillo-Díaz

Custodial Services
20 Years of Service

Pedro Castillo-Díaz has worked at Texas A&M for twenty years beginning with Food Services in 1986, and later moving to Physical Plant and Custodial Services in 2000. Originally from Jalpan de Serra, Queretaro, México, he and his family now live in Bryan, Texas. He, like many first generation workers, supports family members in México.

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