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Union Square zoning ordinance nearing finalization


(Link to the original Somerville Times article here.)

by: Jordan Deschenes

May 31, 2017


The Board of Aldermen discussed the current amended draft of the Union Square Zoning Ordinance last Thursday at the request of Mayor Curtatone. The draft was eventually referred to the Land Use Committee for recommendation. During the meeting, aldermen reviewed comments inserted by members of the Planning and Zoning department at-length.

“This draft should reflect the things we’ve discussed so far … but I would include the caveat that there are going to be more changes,” said Ward 6 Alderman Lance Davis, who is the Chairperson of the Land Use Committee.

“We’re not approving it, we’re amending the proposed amendment for those pages, but we will still need to be very careful as we reference it and look at both versions of this to make sure that, at the end of the day, we’re clear on what has and has not changed.” Continue reading

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City labor reps petition BOA to support contract resolution


(Link to the original Somerville Times article here.)

by: Jordan Deschenes

May 17, 2017

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Ed Halloran, co-chair of the Somerville Labor Coalition (SLC), delivers testimony to the Board of Aldermen, petitioning for a resolution to encourage that evergreen clauses be in contracts with city negotiators.


Representatives from Somerville city unions and worker’s associations were in attendance at last week’s Board of Alderman meeting to petition for a resolution. Both groups asked for the aldermen to add their signatures to the motion, which would prohibit city negotiators from denying unions the ability to include evergreen clauses in public-sector contracts.

“I can validate the desperate need for an evergreen clause in Somerville contracts from personal experience and negotiations with the city over the last decade,” said Ed Halloran, co-chair of the Somerville Labor Coalition (SLC).

“The last round of contracts, which were expiring in June of 2006, took us over six years to reach a successful agreement with the city. That means we were operating without a main contract enforced or in effect over those six years.”

The resolution presented a need for city negotiators to accept evergreen clauses in newly negotiated collective bargaining agreements. One of the document’s main arguments for inclusion states that “except for the city of Somerville,” evergreen clauses are “almost universally accepted provisions in labor agreements in the Commonwealth.”

An evergreen clause is a provision in both private and public-sector collective bargaining agreements (CBA) that allows for the continuation of an original contract for a set period of time after its expiration, usually until a new contract is negotiated or terminated. Continue reading

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Legislative Matters committee reviews ordinance draft


(Link to original Somerville Times article here.)

by: Jordan Deschenes

May 10, 2017


At its meeting last Thursday, the Legislative Matters Committee further discussed the proposed Community Benefits Ordinance, calling for a “meeting of the whole” to include input from all the city’s aldermen. The Committee finished reviewing its current draft version of the ordinance, but still have yet to discuss suggested alterations in a community draft.

“The draft is before us, but it is not etched in stone,” said committee chair Mary Jo Rossetti at the start of the discussion.

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