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U.S. workers have endured "a decade of flat wages," study says

(CBS News) NEW YORK - There are new signs of recovery in the housing market, and the signs say "sold."

American realtors reported Wednesday that sales of used homes shot up 6.5 percent last month. In fact, homes have been selling this summer at the fastest pace in six years.

What is not recovering in this economy is wages.

Job-seekers line up for a carpenter apprenticeship in New York in a "CBS Evening News" segment broadcast Aug. 21, 2013. /CBS

More than 1,500 people stood in line at the carpenters union in New York City just for a chance to land an apprenticeship. Some of the applicants were in line a week for jobs that start at $45 an hour.

James, a job-seeker, describes the importance of a carpenter apprenticeship in New York. / CBS

"You're not going to be a doctor or a scientist; you can't beat this blue-collar job," said one job-seeker named James. "You know, this is a great job, and that's why there's lots and lots of people here because, you know, they just don't hand out jobs like this every day."

A majority of U.S. workers have experienced a decade of flat wages, according to new research by the left-leaningEconomic Policy Institute.

It found the median weekly wage last year was $768. That's the same as 12 years earlier when adjusted for inflation. Over that same period, wages fell for 70 percent of workers.

Economists place much of the blame on a labor market that hasn't recovered from the Great Recession.

Craig Carr talks about a carpenter job he got in 2007. / CBS

"I've had friends that went to four years of college, did four years of college, and graduated and waited years to even get a job," Craig Carr said.

He considers himself lucky. He waited on that carpenter line for three days back in 2007, before the recession hit. He's now earning $48 an hour.

"You're not living like a millionaire, but you're not looking to scrap ends to make ends meet," Carr said.

College graduates earn about $400 more per week than high-school graduates, but, according to that study, that number is shrinking too.


Apprenticeship Lottery Closed

All lottery cards have been distributed and the process is now closed, the next apprentice recruitment will be in 2015.


Hundreds Wait Days for Union Jobs in NYC

Hundreds of New Yorkers lined up in lower Manhattan, simply for a chance to apply for jobs with Carpenters Local Union 157. Some have been waiting for days, armed with folding chairs, pillows, blankets and coolers.(Aug. 19)


NYC Carpenters Union Handing Out Hundreds Of Applications To Job Hopefuls

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The wait is over for hundreds of carpenters who have been camped out for days in hopes of scoring a coveted apprenticeship with New York City’s carpenters union.

Monday morning, the District Council of Carpenters Union began handing out 750 applications. With that comes the chance for union card and the promise of better benefits and a heftier paycheck.

Nicholas Foreman was the first person in line.

“The pot of gold at the end of that rainbow is getting that interview,” he said.

Foreman has been camping on the sidewalk since last Monday through rainy days and chilly nights with no bed, no shower and no electricity.

“A lot of people are going to come for it because this is a very good job,” he said.

The union holds this application process once every two years. Of the applications that will be given out, 500 will be for carpenters. The remaining 250 will be for dock builders and floor installers.

Those who get jobs will earn $20 an hour to start with the possibility of earning as much as $99 an hour down the line.

But the competition is fierce. The line stretched two full city blocks with the hundreds hoping for their chance at a break.

Margaret Power works at the top of One World Trade Center.

“My son is waiting to get in,” she told WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman early Monday morning. “He’ll be a fourth-generation carpenter.”

“The things that they have coming up in the next few, a lot of money to be made,” one man told Silverman.

Hopeful carpenters camp out for apprentice program, August 19, 2013. (credit: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880)

Hopeful carpenters camp out for apprentice program, August 19, 2013. (credit: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880)

“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Bodhi O’Neil from Copaigue.

But getting in the door doesn’t guarantee a job. It only guarantees a spot in the lottery. Union officials said they pull names of individuals from a locked lottery box as the industry needs more apprentices.

“We run a state approved lottery and all of these individuals will put their names in a locked box with their names and addresses. As the industry needs more apprentices we pull from that box in a lottery it’s a blind pull,” NYC District Council of Carpenters Director Elly Spicer told CBS 2′s Kathryn Brown.

Those who have been waiting for days say it’s a chance worth taking.

“I’ve never slept on the streets of New York City, I thought it was beneath me. Well, irony is that I’m willing to do it just for the opportunity of possibly getting a job that can change my life,” Bernard James told Silverman. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

Union leaders said they typically pull names from the locked lottery box once every two months.


Would-Be Workers Set For Days Camping Out For Carpenters’ Training Program

Job seekers camp out for a training program at the Carpenters’ Union. (Credit: Jim Smith/WCBS 880)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hopeful prospective workers camped out Saturday in an attempt to gain a spot in the Carpenters’ Union training program.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, the would-be workers camped outside the union headquarters at 395 Hudson St. in the West Village in tents, sleeping bags or just on cardboard. Up and down the line, the hunger for work was visible in their eyes.

He continued, “If you’re not out here and you’re not willing to go through this, I don’t think you deserve the job basically — you know what I mean?”

The prospective workers will wait in line until 9 a.m. Monday to get one of just 750 applications, and hope they win a coveted spot in the training program.

“It’s a lottery so you know, just say a prayer and hope for the best,” Billy said.

Many said just the chance for a good-paying union job with benefits was worth the wait.