He’s an ironworker from California, here in New York for a job that’s been pushed back. He arrived in town on September 17, when he learned two things. He’d have to wait to be called to work and Occupy Wall Street had begun. He decided to come downtown and see what was what. He’s been back every day since.
He’s not camping out. He has a room uptown in Spanish Harlem. But the job’s been pushed back again and he doesn’t see how he can afford the rent on the place here and his apartment back home. He’s beginning to doubt the work is really there.
In case you can’t read the tattoo, it says, “Union Ironworkers Built America.”