In 1991, Aaron immigrated from Mexico to the U.S. seeking the American dream. Like many recent Latino immigrants at the time, he went into construction work, and like many of them, he experienced violations of his labor rights and wage theft. Instead of keeping silent, he chose to organize his fellow workers. Although speaking out cost him his job, it showed him the power of organizing and led him to his true calling as a labor activist. By 1999, Aaron was working as a janitor and was a member of SEIU Local 1877. As a union member, he took his activism further, serving as a shop steward, then on the Executive Board and organizing committee of the union. In 2006, he was invited to join the staff of what is now SEIU USWW. Looking back, he realizes now the American dream is—for some people—something to keep fighting for.