Monday, April 30, 2012
Union tent city in Woodside
From NBC NY:
Hundreds of job seekers have camped out on a Queens street for their chance to apply for recently-opened union positions.
About 500 people are gathered around the training offices of Local Union 46, the union representing metallic lathers and reinforcing ironworkers, to hand in their applications on Monday.
People started arriving at the offices in Woodside after the State Department of Labor and the union announced they were looking to hire iron and wood apprentices for 50 positions.
The first person in line arrived last Sunday.
The line wraps around the entire block, with job hopefuls wrapped in blankets and sleeping in tents. Many people in line aren't working, or want the benefits of a union position.
One applicant told NBC 4 New York he came from Phoenix, Arizona for his chance to hand in the application.