Pathways to union jobs for NYC residents

 

 

Tihuan Simpson knew that $8.50 an hour and unsteady work was not the future he wanted. He wanted to be a union carpenter and get better wages, benefits, and training.

Through BuildingWorks, he got the opportunity to become an apprentice and by his 2nd year, was earning $25.25 an hour plus benefits and overtime.

Looking back on the training, he says, “I learned how important and valuable team work is and to stay calm and focused while working. The more focused I am on the job, the better my work is. When I first started, I wasn’t just looking for work, I was hoping to always be learning and improving my skills. This program was life changing for me. I look forward to a 35-year commitment in this career and I will give it 100%.”