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Monday, March 23, 2015

Building trades and community groups join together to urge Somerville developer to build union and hire local

What: The Carpenters Union, Boston Building Trades, and Good Jobs Somerville will alert merchants and consumers in Assembly Square about pending developments and the importance of hiring local tradespeople and using skilled union labor. 

Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT) is developing a 448 unit apartment building in Assembly Square (Parcel 6), and had initially planned to use non-union contractors, meaning workers would get substandard wages and few, if any, benefits.  

The Somerville Board of Aldermen has passed a resolution encouraging FRIT to hire a union workforce, and the Somerville community is committed to ensuring that the jobs created are good, local jobs. 

Who: The New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC), Boston Metropolitan District Building Trades Council, Good Jobs Somerville.

When: Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24 from 4-6pm

Where: Assembly Square, site of future 448 unit apartment complex.  Supporters will meet in the Kmart parking lot, then disperse to hand leaflets to merchants and the public. 
For a copy of the informational leaflet that will be distributed in Assembly Sq., email

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