While this morning's dismal jobs data is being blamed on the weather (despite no other recent indicator reflecting the same effect), it seems New Yorkers are not afraid of the cold. In fact, as FoxNY reports, it seems there is a new 'must-have' for the New Year - a Union Job. 1,500 people have been on line since 1pm on Tuesday for a 'coveted' union job that pays $17.20 per hour (for painting and decorating apprenticeships) and could lead to a full-time union position. Forget the iPhone5S, union jobs is where it's at...
The line wrapped nearly around an entire city block on Friday as approximately 1,500 people waited in Queens for a chance to apply for a coveted union job.
The first few people on line had been there since 1 p.m. on Tuesday when the temperature in New York City was in the single digits.
District Council 9 is accepting 500 applications in Long Island City for painting and decorating apprenticeships.
The hired will receive a salary of $17.20 an hour during the first year.
The apprenticeship could lead to a full time union position.
Maybe Apple (or Microsoft or Sony) should consider offering a union-job with the next release of their products? Given today's jobs data, we suspect the demand for the latter may outstrip demand for the former very very soon...