Trades getting good press
NY Post reports that it is a great time to be a blue-collar worker in NYC
Thousands of the best-paid blue-collar jobs in the Big Apple are opening up, starting with a huge union recruitment drive for carpenters and laborers.
And the blue-collar compensation, with benefits and pensions, knocks the socks off pay for many white-collar jobs, often exceeding or matching salary for pros in fields as diverse as finance and technology, according to human resources experts.
No Ivy League degrees required for these jobs — nor the accompanying student loans.
Applicants must be at least 17 with a high school diploma or equivalent, and be physically able to perform the tasks needed.
For future laborers, that can mean, according to the unions:
- Working at heights and in confined spaces.
- Lifting and carrying 94 pounds of material a distance of 30 feet; stacking it to a height of about 54 inches.
- “Using a shovel to load approximately half of a cubic yard of material into a wheelbarrow, wheeling it 100 feet, and depositing it into a container.”
The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the New York City District Council of Carpenters (NYCDCC) will conduct a recruitment drive by lottery for 100 carpenter apprenticeships Aug. 15 through Aug. 26.
Lottery cards must be picked up in person at NYCDCC Training Center, 395 Hudson St., Monday through Friday, 7 to 10 a.m., during the campaign.
Meanwhile, the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Construction and General Building Laborers Local 79 is recruiting Aug. 19 through Sept. 1 for 200 skilled construction craft laborer apprentices.
The recruitment is offered online 9 to 11 a.m. for 10 business days, or until 2,000 applicants are reached, whichever comes first. (Applicants lacking internet access can visit a library, or call 311, asking for the nearest New York State Department of Labor Career Center.)
This article first appeared in the NY Post, written by John Aldan Byrne