Hundreds of men hunting for work were spending Sunday night on a Manhattan street, lining up for a chance to get into a carpenters’ union training program. Some brought sleeping bags ahead of a 9 a.m. Monday deadline to submit applications. Others just brought cardboard mats in anticipation of the 750 available spots.
First in line was Nicholas Foreman, a 39-year-old man from Brooklyn. He said it felt “awesome” to be there because he really wants the job. Once working, a union member can earn as much as $99 an hour, with benefits.