In Boston Business Journal, News Coverage

Hundreds rallied in Somerville’s Union Square neighborhood on Monday in favor of a community benefits agreement that would aim to protect the interests of local workers and residents before a major redevelopment project gets underway.

Advocates want the city to require developer US2 to sign an agreement before construction begins on the 15-acre site, dubbed the Union Square Revitalization Project. The agreement would aim to ensure that the development uses union labor and that it will not displace local residents.

“We must invest in new and existing affordable housing to prevent working people from being displaced, and we must offer good jobs with fair wages so people who work in Somerville can afford to live in Somerville,” said rally organizer Lindsay McCluskey.

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