This morning, hundreds of people vied for coveted applications for the apprenticeship program at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. Only 750 applications were being handed out this morning, prompting many to sleep outside the Hudson Street building for days.

Applications were handed out starting at 9 a.m. and by 11 a.m., all 750 were in hopefuls' hands. What many are hoping for is a chance to learn a trade (like "linoleum, resilient, tile and carpet layer," "pile driver/dockbuilder" or "carpenter") and earn $50/hour, even $99/hour. Union spokesman Kwame Patterson told the Wall Street Journal, "these are the types of jobs that are shrinking as the non-union construction sector continues to grow and undercut workers."

The union says, "Applicants will be notified by mail if their apprenticeship application lottery card is selected. These individuals will be required to attend a two-hour orientation where they will be provided with an apprenticeship application form and be scheduled for an interview."