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Would-Be Workers Set For Days Camping Out For Carpenters’ Training Program

Applications Will Be Released At 9 a.m. Monday
Carpenters' Union Training Camp-Out

Job seekers camp out for a training program at the Carpenters’ Union. (Credit: Jim Smith/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hopeful prospective workers camped out Saturday in an attempt to gain a spot in the Carpenters’ Union training program.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, the would-be workers camped outside the union headquarters at 395 Hudson St. in the West Village in tents, sleeping bags or just on cardboard. Up and down the line, the hunger for work was visible in their eyes.

“This is my life. This is my future,” said Billy from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. “If it’s not this, I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

He continued, “If you’re not out here and you’re not willing to go through this, I don’t think you deserve the job basically — you know what I mean?”

The prospective workers will wait in line until 9 a.m. Monday to get one of just 750 applications, and hope they win a coveted spot in the training program.

“It’s a lottery so you know, just say a prayer and hope for the best,” Billy said.

Many said just the chance for a good-paying union job with benefits was worth the wait.

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