Wednesday, October 27

Job opportunities for day laborers in NYC ‘fall’ after storm

Job opportunities for day laborers in NYC 'fall' after storm

The snowfall brings a great job opportunity for day laborers shoveling snow.

Photo: Ramón Frisneda / Impremedia

The official website of the City, ‘NYC 311‘, explains it very clearly: “The City does not clean or remove snow or ice from sidewalks in front of residential and commercial properties. If you are in charge of any lot or building, you must clear the snow and ice on your sidewalk to create a path for pedestrians. “

And this is always good news for day laborers after a snowfall. like the one that is falling this Monday in the Big Apple and that it is expected to leave at least 18 inches of snow, because now, after the storm, many temporary job opportunities will ‘fall’ with businesses and building owners looking for people to clean their properties, but also with the same City Health Department (DOS) that he always needs extra staff to remove snow from public areas that are the responsibility of that municipal agency.

In the middle of a difficult economic situation that many families are experiencing, and mainly immigrantss, due to the unemployment caused by the coronavirus pandemic, this snowfall is seen as “a great opportunity from heaven” to make extra money that was not expected to reach the pocket when it is most needed.

“From the weekend I already knew that I would have I work cleaning snow and it’s a tremendous relief because I really need it more than ever, ”said a man who only identified himself as ‘Pedro’, while clearing snow this Monday morning outside a restaurant in the 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue, in Manhattan.

Although many of these temporary contracts between owners and day laborers are done informally and even without requiring many ‘papers’ or proof of residency, the jobs Snow removal with the City does require other requirements that can make it more difficult to get an opportunity.

You can earn $ 15 an hour

Although since October DOS begins to select temporary workers to ‘shovel’ the snow during the winter, foreseeing that the city will always be affected by al minus one storm between November and MarchThis does not mean that all the squares are full, since more manpower is always needed, and especially if the snowfall is of great proportions like the one that is affecting the five counties today.

These workers are called in after heavy snowfall to remove snow and ice throughout the city from areas such as bus stops, crosswalks and fire hydrants used by firefighters. Pay starts at $ 15 per hour and increases to $ 22.50 per hour after the first 40 hours worked in a week. But to be eligible, you must meet some requirements: be at least 18 years old, have ‘papers’ to be able to work in this country and be able to do heavy physical work.

The City reminds these workers that they cannot shovel snow on the street, and if a Sanitation Department supervisor sees you shoveling snow onto vehicle tracks, you may receive a fine or citation. Another caveat is that the DOS does not clear access to vehicles, sidewalks and driveways, whether or not the obstruction was caused by the activity of the shovel trucks of the same department.

Requirements to apply for temporary snow removal work:

• Two small photos (1-1 / 2 inch square).
• Two original forms of identification, plus copies.
• Social Security card.

To register for these jobs:

Visit this DOS web page:

To take into account if the snow stops falling between:

• 7 am and 5 pm, you must clear the sidewalks in 4 hours.
• 5 pm and 9 pm, you must clear the sidewalks within 2 pm.
• 9 pm and 7 am, you must clear the sidewalks before 11 am

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