A coalition of community and labor activists packed the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee meeting Monday, making a push for higher wages on projects developed in Roxbury.
Although several development projects were discussed at the meeting, the prevailing issue of the night became the matter of fair wage standards for construction and other jobs created by new development projects in Roxbury.
Members of the Committee began the meeting with an announcement that they would not hold a vote that night on the so-called Good Jobs Standards, a set of criteria coalition members are proposing for worker wages for all future projects approved by the RSMPOC. Committee member Jorge Martinez said that a vote on the matter of Good Jobs Standards would be held at a meeting on March 16 instead.
The gathering was a monthly public meeting of the RSMPOC, a 16-member body representing the Roxbury community. It was attended by an estimated two hundred people, who filled all the seats and stood around the edges of the meeting room at the Dudley Square Library.
[Members of the Good Jobs Standards working group address reporters before the Monday meeting of the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee at the Dudley Library.]
Members of the Good Jobs Standards working group address reporters before the Monday meeting of the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee at the Dudley Library.
The announcement of the delayed vote on the Good Jobs Standards proposal brought a chorus of boos from the audience. Prior to the meeting, Priscilla Flint Banks of the Black Economic Justice Institute told the Banner that after a concerted push from advocates on the issue, she expected a vote, and if one was not held, there “should be an outcry from the community.” Read more
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