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Projects must be held to safety standards

Re “Toward a more perfect Union Square”: I’ve met with too many fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers who have lost loved ones from working on nonunion construction sites with employers who failed to comply with basic safety measures. We need public oversight of developers to make sure that they comply with safety standards and other worker protections, especially in Somerville, where violations are becoming more commonplace.

A strong Community Benefits Agreement, including a project labor agreement, in Union Square would protect worker safety and ensure that developers and contractors play by the rules.

Marcy Goldstein-Gelb
The writer is co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.