Hundreds spend days waiting to apply for a job in Queens

April 26, 2010 2:55:40 PM PDT
For these applicants the wait was worth it. Hopes have now been raised for hundreds of applicants who have a chance to get a union job and training to do elevator repairs. "In this economy anything is good if you're making $20 to $30 an hour," job seeker Joe Caputo said.

Many who braved the elements camped out since last Thursday. They know their chances of getting the job are slim but this is a chance for a better life. The Elevator Mechanics Union is handing out 750 applications for one hundred jobs.

The call for work brought out crowds far exceeding the number of applications, but those who walked away with a chance of success are pleased.

"It's a great job. The benefits are great," applicant Joe Wallace explained. "It's just a good experience."

Gabriel Granados was the last applicant. He said his success is bitter sweet, "There are people right next to me who should've made it and didn't because of other people's inconsideration."

Ted Bernard was told there were no more applications and said he's disappointed, "It's not the worst thing in the world. I mean I'm working right now but this would have been a better opportunity."