by Rand Wilson in All Ages, Announcements, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Events, Housing, Politics, Ward 5, Workers' Rights
Posted on November 28, 2010 at 4:07 pm
|December 2, 2010|
|6:00 am||to||9:00 am|
Residents of Somerville concerned about the development of the old MaxPak paper factory where 199 units of new housing are being built will picket and rally for jobs at the entrance to the site (56-61 Clyde Street) in Somerville, MA on Thursday, Dec 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 AM.
When the project went through the city’s approval process, a special covenant was reached between the developer, KSS Realty and the City of Somerville. In part, it states: “The city encourages the Developer to use union labor for the project and to enter into a project labor agreement.”
A Project Labor Agreement is the best way to ensure the developers use well-trained workers earning decent wages and benefits. With a Project Labor Agreement in place, the developer, general contractor and subcontractors and the eventual homeowners can be assured they will receive quality work.
Union representatives and Somerville residents have reached out to both KSS Development and GFC Development (which bought a parcel from KSS to develop 15 units). Despite numerous requests, they have not been receptive to negotiating a Project Labor Agreement or discussing a “Community Workforce Agreement” to ensure that local residents are hired to work on the project.