A jobs lottery designed to create a list of 226 workers to enter Tacomas longshore union workforce generated huge interest, but lottery officials arent talking about the specifics of the process or its results.
Lottery entrants had just four days to enter the contest from the time the first notice of the lottery appeared in Sundays News Tribune until Wednesday midnight, the deadline for entries to be postmarked.
The article and two job ads in The News Tribunes classified section and on Careerbuilder.com generated hundreds of phone calls from potential lottery entrants wanting to know details of how they should submit their entries.
The group in charge of the lottery process, a joint committee of union officials and waterfront employers, didnt offer a website or a phone number for job seekers to call.
That resulted in hundreds of calls to those that job seekers thought might answer their questions.