Hundreds line up outside carpenters union in Greenwich Village hoping to land job

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WEST VILLAGE (PIX11) – Just before the doors opened at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, hundreds of jobseekers rolled up their tents and folded their chairs they had been using for days to camp out in front of the carpenter’s union headquarters.

“I can feel the jitters now.  I just want to be picked at some point down the road,” said Stephanie Degenhardt of Staten Island, the first woman in a line of more than 600 people that wrapped around the West Village building.

Degenhardt got in line last Wednesday so as to ensure she got one of the 750 applications available to apply for the lottery that could lead to a fulltime job with benefits.

“I’m a new mom. My baby Charlieray is six-months-old and I’m doing this for her,” she said.

Hours earlier, those closer to the back of the line started a pickup football game in the middle of the street.

By the time the doors to the building opened, everyone seemed ready to fill out their lottery cards.

Union reps told PIX11 that the lottery would not happen Monday. Instead they would look to pull names from the lottery next week, next month or even next year.

Once a name is picked, that person goes through a series of written tests (no prior experience is necessary). If they pass those, then they can go straight into the labor school and make their up to a potential fulltime job with benefits and union backing.

“It would be a dream job and I wouldn’t have worry about my family’s future,” said Degenhardt.