“Support from the Board of Alderman has been strong, but we have to keep the pressure on,” said Jack Lister, also from Somerville and a leader of the Heat Frost & Insulators Local 6.
“We really need more local jobs,” said Roger Galan, a leader of the Jobs For Somerville Committee of Somerville Community Corp. “KSS should live up to the commitment it made to the City of Somerville to sign a project labor agreement and hire local people.”
“Does KSS think we are going to go away? Do they think this issue is going to fade?” said Save Our Somerville’s Matt McLaughlin. “If local people don’t get jobs, we won’t be able to stay in our community. It’s important to our future and the future of this city that we participate in this economic opportunity.”
The Board of Alderman have scheduled a hearing on March 8 to discuss the MaxPac project with KSS, Mayor Curtatone and the City Solicitor. Campaign organizers are urging everyone to make their voices heard at the BoA hearing.
The rally was attended by members of Jobs For Somerville – Somerville Community Corp., Save Our Somerville, Bricklayers Local 3, IBEW Local 103, Heat Frost & Insulators Local 6, Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 17, Painters District Council 35, Carpenters Local 218, Plumbers Local 12, Roofers Local 33, Pipefitters Local 537, Area Trades Council, IBEW Local 2222, Jewish Labor Committee, Jobs with Justice.