Job-seekers line up in SoHo for work in carpenters union

August 18, 2013 6:20:19 AM PDT
Hundreds of people camped out in the SoHo section of Manhattan early Sunday, hoping to apply for a position with the carpenters' union.

It's all for a chance to join the coveted training and apprenticeship program with the New York City District Council of Carpenters union.

About 750 applications will be distributed starting at 9 a.m. Monday.

The union holds this open application process only once every two years.

Applicants have been arriving from throughout the tri-state area and from as far away as Pennsylvania, waiting outside the headquarters of the carpenters union in the West Village.

Some arrived as early as Monday, and they have continued to line up throughout the week.

"It's tough, no showers, you're sitting here all day, walking around." said the first person on line. "But you know what, the end result is the pot of gold, which is to get my name on that ticket so I can get called for an interview, and to really show the dedication, because I've been here all week."

They're hoping for a career: a steady job with good pay and good benefits.

Of the 750 applications available, there are 500 for carpenters, 150 for dock builders and 100 for floor coverers.