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More than 1K camp out for union jobs

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - 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 as painters or blasters on bridges and steel structures.

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 was accepting 500 applications at a facility on Queens Boulevard and 36th Street in Long Island City for three year 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.

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