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New York State Department of Labor

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Long Island City, NY (December 05, 2017) -

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Construction and General Building Laborers, Local Union #79, will conduct a limited recruitment from January 05, 2018 through January 18, 2018 for 200 skilled construction craft laborer apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced today.

The recruitment for Local Union #79 will be offered online from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. every business day during the recruitment period. The recruitment will be offered for 10 business days or until 2,000 applicants are reached, whichever comes first. Applicants who do not have Internet access may visit their local library or call 311 and ask for the nearest New York State Department of Labor Career Center.

The Committee requires that applicants:

  • Must be at least 18 years old at the start of the program.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (such as TASC or GED).
  • Must attest that they are physically able to perform the work required of a skilled construction craft laborer, which may include:
    • Working at heights.
    • Working in confined spaces.
    • Working in extreme temperatures, both indoors and out3
    • Lifting and carrying 94 pounds of material for a distance of 30 feet and stacking it to a height of approximately 54 inches.
    • Using a shovel to load approximately half of a cubic yard of material into wheelbarrow, wheeling it 100 feet, and depositing it into a container.
  • Must pass a pre-hire drug screening, at the applicant’s expense, after selection and prior to indenture.
  • Must provide DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, if applicable, after selection and prior to indenture.

Application Instructions:

  • Go to http://www.mttf.org
  • Follow the links for Local Union #79.
  • You will see directions on how to complete your request for an application.
  • Fill out the required fields. Do not add any information outside of the fields.
  • Applicants may only apply once during the 10-day recruitment.
  • Once your request has been completed and accepted, you will receive a confirmation email.
  • Applicants who received a confirmation email will receive an application in a separate email.
  • Download, print, and fill out the application.
  • Applications must be returned, in person, within 20 business days from the date the application was requested, to Construction & Building Laborers Local #79, 42-53 21st Street, Long Island City, NY, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., excluding legal holidays. Applications will be accepted from 01/08/18 through 02/02/18.
  • Applicants who do not come in with a competed application would be considered to have voluntarily removed themselves from the pool of applicants.
  • Everyone who successfully applies will receive a date and time for an interview on the day they drop off their completed application.

Please understand that more applicants will apply than we can fit in our pool of candidates.  You may not get through this time.  However, we hope that work is plentiful and we can hold another recruitment in a few months’ time.

For further information, applicants should contact their nearest New York State Department of Labor office or The Mason Tenders Training Fund at (718) 383-6863.

Apprentice programs registered with the Department of Labor must meet standards established by the Commissioner. Under state law, sponsors of programs cannot discriminate against applicants because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or marital status. Women and minorities are encouraged to submit applications for apprenticeship programs. Sponsors of programs are required to adopt affirmative action plans for the recruitment of women and minorities.

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