NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hundreds of young men are sleeping on the streets of Queens Sunday night for a shot at a job.
CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported they are waiting for an application to the Plumbers Union Apprenticeship Program. One thousand applications are handed out in order Monday morning. After tests and interviews, only a percentage are accepted to the five-year program.READ MORE: 'Best Small Cities In America': New Jersey Communities Make Top 25
“It’s a long shot, so hopefully I get it,” Anthony Hughes said.
Signs on the training center tell applicants not to camp out, but if they listen, they don’t really have a shot, like Mauricio Cruz who showed up Sunday afternoon.READ MORE: Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Children At Bronx Day Care Since 2018 Arrested
“I walked up, added every chair and three for every tent and came out to 1,226,” Cruz said. “I know I’m after that. It’s insane. I don’t know if I’m gonna wait.”
Many of the applicants waited through the rain on Saturday and the stifling heat on Sunday. Most are already plumbers looking for a promotion.MORE NEWS: Overnight Gun Violence: 3 Men Shot In Queens, Innocent Woman Shot In Brooklyn, NYPD Says
“The ‘A’ guys top out at $67 an hour. The ‘B’ guys top out at $40 an hour,” Anthony Sala said.