Tuesday, April 27, 2010
End of the line in LIC
From the Daily News:
The wait is over.
After days of camping out in the rain, Queens dad Jeremy Fernandez was the first desperate job seeker to get a coveted application Monday for an elevator repair apprentice program.
"It was definitely worth the wait," said the 24-year-old Fernandez once he had his application in hand. "I'm here for a career, and I hope I get employed. It can change everything around."
Fernandez was at the head of the line in Astoria when the Local 3 Elevator Mechanics Union opened its doors about 9:30 a.m. It was his big payoff for camping out since 4 a.m. Friday, sleeping in a tent and whiling away the hours playing cards and dominoes.
He was one of hundreds of New Yorkers who waited in line for an application that could lead to a job for as many as 100 people.
"I'm here so I can put food on the table for my family," said Fernandez, a Woodhaven, Queens, resident with a toddler named Jeremiah.
He worked construction until he was laid off six months ago.
"It's hard out there," Fernandez said. "All I've been doing is looking for a job. Without the effort, you get nothing."
Not everyone on line was so lucky.