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Buffalo’s WKBW-TV/7 Eyewitness News Reports Local Tree Care Companies Are Hiring, ‘With’ Union Benefits - There’s A ‘Big Need’ For Line Clearance Tree Trimming' Workers As Industry Faces Retirements

Published Friday, May 31, 2019
by Eileen Buckley/WKBW-TV-7 Eyewitness News
Buffalo’s WKBW-TV/7 Eyewitness News Reports Local Tree Care Companies Are Hiring, ‘With’ Union Benefits - There’s A ‘Big Need’ For Line Clearance Tree Trimming' Workers As Industry Faces Retirements

(ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK) -  Did you know Tree Workers are in hot demand this season?  The jobs provide a strong starting wage and Union Benefits as well.

'Wanted - Tree Care Industry Workers' - that's the shout out from Tree Service Companies who participated in an open house and career fair in Orchard Park, just south of Buffalo.

Tree Workers clear trees and branches away from power lines and work after damaging storms.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 41 Business Agent Timothy Daley tells 7 Eyewitness News there's a big need for Line Clearance Tree Trimming Workers because a lot of Members are aging out.

IBEW Local 41 works with several area tree contractors who conduct work across the State.

Ronald Langhorn of Buffalo filled out an application for a job at Tree Care of New York.  The former Construction Worker said he was eager to work in a job that's considered very dangerous: "Danger is something that necessarily doesn't scare me - I've done roofing - I've taken shingles up with two story roof without a harness which is not supposed to happen, so being that they are safety warranted, being that they are Union is actually more assuring to me."

Langhorn said he was attracted by the high starting wage of $17 an hour, plus a Union Pension and Health Care Benefits.

Tree Care Business Manager Jordan Jozak said they're looking for people who want not just a job, but a career: "This is ‘incredibly lucrative’ because someone could walk out of high school at eighteen-years old – come into a range where they are going to make ($70,000) - potentially ($100,000) – (with a) ‘full’ pension, ‘full’ benefits ‘and have no’ student debt."

Tree Care of New York President Scott Beicke said: "There's a ‘tremendous (number) of openings in this industry and all over the country.’"  He also noted his company is starting to see more and more younger Workers step forward, including women.  "As hard as it is, we are finding ‘more’ women coming in to it.  We've recently hired a couple on our team that climb trees and do this type of work," Beicke said.

Tree Care Leaders emphasized they provide all the essential safety training for Employees.

To Read This Labor News Story In Its Entirety And For More Employment Information On Tree Care Service Workers, Go To: www.wkbw.com/hiring716/wanted-tree-service-workers

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