Union Square Coalition Calls for Community Benefits Agreement in Somerville, Mass

November 10 public hearing on the need for a CBA to prevent displacement


Who: Union United, coalition of residents, labor unions, business and religious leaders, and nonprofits

What: Public Hearing on Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs)

When: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:30-7:30pm

Where: City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue, Somerville MA 02143 (second floor, aldermen’s chamber)


Why Is a CBA Needed in Union Square, Somerville, MA?

More than 100 community members are expected at a public hearing before the Somerville Board of Aldermen to discuss the urgent need for a Community Benefits Agreement to prevent displacement and support the low-income and immigrant community as Union Square prepares for massive redevelopment and the Green Line Extension. Members of the public requested the hearing after nearly three years of campaigning for a Community Benefits Agreement. The City of Somerville and master developer US2 have not agreed to participate in CBA negotiations.


A Community Benefits Agreement is a binding contract between a community group and a developer in which the developer agrees to provide certain benefits that address the needs of the community. Successful CBAs are in place in cities around the country, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Denver, Pittsburgh, and New York City.


The hearing was requested by members of Union United. Union United is a coalition of stakeholders, including residents, small businesses, religious organizations, labor unions, and community organizations, working to ensure that the Union Square redevelopment process results in tangible benefits – not displacement – for the Union Square community. For more information about Union United visit http://www.unionunitedsomerville.com.  

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