“A seat at the table”: Union United urges US2 to meet and commit to formal CBA

This story was originally published in the Somerville Journal. 

Earlier this month, Union Square master developer Union Square Station Associates (US2) signed an agreement with the City of Somerville to contribute an estimated $112 million to the city.

The contributions include funds for the Green Line Extension, infrastructure upgrades, new open space, and an agreement to negotiate a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with community members via the Union Neighborhood Council.

Though community group Union United considers this a step in the right direction, they are pushing for more.

On Thursday, April 20, the group hosted a press conference outside the US2 offices at 31 Union Square, urging the developer to hold a formal meeting with the community and negotiate a CBA in good faith.

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Somerville resident co-founds Pepperlane: A community of mothers for mothers

This story was originally published in the Somerville Journal.

Somerville resident Jess Petersen met her business partner Sharon Kan almost a year ago.

As mothers with two children each, the women recognized how hard it was to balance professional, personal and home life.

A lot of career services available for moms, said Petersen, focus on part-time positions.

“We were thinking that could be kind of unsatisfying,” she said. “In that capacity, you can’t really advance (in the workplace).”

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