“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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Groups rally for safe communities at Indivisible Somerville rally

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Since moving into the White House, the Trump administration has proposed multiple policies affecting immigrants throughout the country and the world.

While supporters of President Donald Trump say the policies will better protect the country, critics say they are unjust and place targets on immigrants.

Through the nation-wide debates, both Somerville and Boston vowed to remain sanctuary cities, and now activists are pushing the state to follow in their footsteps.

On Tuesday morning, demonstrators gathered at the Statehouse in support of immigrants and to urge Gov. Charlie Baker to support the Safe Communities Act.

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