Talking Proud Photo Gallery - We work hard, no free lunch


C'mon, let's git 'er done. Oil workers, hard work, high heat, fast pace, working as a team.


Working the land. It’s October in Wisconsin, the crop has to come in.


On top of the world bringing the World Trade Center back to life. Working above 1,700 feet in the air! Ironworkers install final sections on top of One WTC, May 2013


On top of the world bringing the World Trade Center back to life. Spire Gang From left to right: Kevin Boyle, Richie Christy, Brett Davis, Kevin Sabbagh, Mark Donnelly, Arthur Peart, May 2013

We gotta get dat bolt Shane. Army Spc. Lucia Arballes (top) points so that Spc. Shane Hesselbacher can find a bolt to tighten the radiator of a 10-K forklift, at the battalion's mechanic shop, at Forward Operating Base Marez, Mosul, Iraq, July 7, 2009. Arballes and Hesselbacher are assigned to 3rd Brigade, 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. Photo credit: Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class (SCW) Carmichael Yepez, USN

Love that helmet. Kellogg, Brown & Root employee Adam Coldiron prepares to offload by securing lifting cables to equipment for the 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, at Forward Operating Base Delta, near Al Kut, Iraq on June 15, 2009. Photo credit: Tech. Sgt. Thomas Coney, USAF.

Concrete and Iron at a sacred place: Work is being done at New York's World Trade Center site February 8, 2008, to separate the of top landing of the Vesey Street stair remnant known as the Survivors Stairway. That staircase, 37 stairs that once connected the outdoor plaza outside the twin towers to the street below, survived September 11 and remains the only above-ground remnant of the trade center complex. After years of debate over whether and how to preserve the structure, though, the staircase will be moved for the first time the weekend of March 8, 2008. Photo credit: National September 11 Memorial & Museum and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, John Bartelstone, AP

Stabilzin' that stabilizer! Tiffany Cortez, from Toledo works on a stabilizer on a Jeep coming down an assembly line at the Chrysler Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio, August 28, 2006. Women have long been a critical component of the American factory. Remember Rosie the Riveter? Photo credit: Madalyn Ruggiero, AP

"Lunchtime on a Skyscraper." A sculpture by Sergi Fumari, a "Tribute to American Heroes," sits in the Soho section of New York City, December 15, 2006. Photo credit: Timothy A. Clary, AFP

Ya gotta know what you're doin': General Motors Corp. assembly line worker Chuck Hallendy assembles transmissions using robotics at the GM Powertrain plant in Warren, Michigan June 1, 2006. Photo credit: Rebecca Cook, Reuters

In the pressure cooker, every day. Specialist Richard Plum, center, rubs his eyes as he conducts trading in shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Aug. 8, 2006. Shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. sank more than 6 percent that day as a generic drug maker Apotex Corp. disclosed it has begun selling a cheaper version of the big pharmaceutical company's best-selling drug Plavix. That's the deal with capitalism: constant competition, constant change. Photo credit: Richard Drew, AP

What'd'ya mean the top cell antenna is busted? A technician looks at a cellular transmission tower. Give a penny for his thoughts?

Don't forget: these guys are multiple stories up! Construction workers watch as materials are hoisted at the Bank of America Tower July 31, 2006 in New York. Photo credit: Mark Lennihan, AP

It still takes sweat, brawn and guts: A Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corp. steelworker checks the temperature of the slag exiting its $120 million electric arc furnace June 1, 2005, in a Mingo Junction, Ohio file photo. Photo credit: Dale Sparks, AP

The next generation of material: In a photo provided by Energy Conversion Devices Ovonics, technician Steve Sullivan inspects a roll of photovoltaic material, as technician Reggie Hawkins records data in a 2002 photo in Auburn Hills, Mich. The photovoltaic material was produced on the football-field long solar cell manufacturing machine, rear, which is capable of producing nine miles of thin-film solar material in three days. On Feb. 20, 2006 President Bush plans on visiting the solar panel plant in suburban Detroit. Photo credit: Energy Conversion Devices Ovonics-AP

Recycling aluminum. A worker stirs a natural gas-powered furnace of molten aluminum at Crestwood Metal in Holbrook, N.Y. Wednesday, Feb 8, 2006. The company recycles 35 million pounds of aluminum yearly and sells it to car manufacturers and aluminum companies. Photo credit: Ed Betz, AP

Danger, but for many, a love of their jobs. Coal miners exit the elevator leaving the North River No. 1 Mine some 700 feet underground after finishing their shift, Jan. 5, 2006 in Berry, Ala. Photo credit: Rob Carr, AP

Get 'er done. Electricians on the roof of the Charlotte Regional Hospital in Punta Gorda, Fla., stop working as a news conference begins August 20, 2004. The hospital announced it is reopening its emergency room, one week after Hurricane Charley made landfall. These guys that the juice smokin' in on the pronto. Is this a good lookin' group or what? Photo credit: Chris O'Meara, AP

In “Oshkosh-My-Gosh,” they fix what the enemy has damaged. Jim Katsma removes a bolt from a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck at the Oshkosh Truck plant in Oshkosh, Wis., Feb. 14, 2005. The truck, which was damaged in Iraq, was being refurbished to be put back into military service. The HEMTTs (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks) and HETs (Heavy Equipment Transporters) are the backbone of the U.S. military, carrying tanks to the battlefield, and hauling gas, guns and ammunition. Photo credit: Andy Manis, AP

Boy oh boy, how this line of work has changed! An employee works on the underside of a car at an assembly plant in the United States. While the character of the work has changed, the line is still moving, and the job has to be done right, first time right. Photo credit: Andrew Cutraro, AFP

Workers load the giant 'm' from a new Macy's sign into a hoist platform Feb. 22, 2005 at the flagship Bon-Macy's store in downtown Seattle. Photo credit: Ted S. Warren, AP

Tough men always needed on the oil rig. Roy Craig, right, and David Kerns add a section of drilling pipe as they search for oil on a drilling rig owned by Sterling Oil near Zenda, Kansas, January 20, 2005. Photo credit: Charlie Riedel, Reuters

"The Cleaning Crew." The Sullivan Goss, an American Gallery at Santa Barbara, California, has been presenting its first solo exhibition of American realist, Steve Huston.. One of the categories in the exhibit is entitled, "Blue Collar," art pieces of American workers. This particular piece is called "The cleaning crew." The gallery writes, "Huston is known for his portrayal of men in the physical world: here he focuses on construction workers. Huston is known for his depictions of the raw strength and grace of workers, including boxers and construction trade laborers. He focuses on the human form in action—usually engaged in, or resting from, hard physical labor." November 19, 2004.

Around the clock, they fought western forest fires, beyond what one might think the human body can endure. Around 2.8 million ha of forests in the US were destroyed by forest fires in 2003.