"They changed my life. They truly have," Tarita said with tears in her eyes. "They opened a door for me. It was a door I couldn't even find, even though I'd been looking for it for years."
Throw in benefits, and her union work pays more than double the best wage she earned before.
"For the first time, we were able to take a family vacation," Tarita said. The destination: nearby Universal Studios, followed by real camping in the San Gabriel Mountains, with lots of food, a stove and a new tent.