Union Building Trades Suffolk Downs info session: Suffolk Downs project to create more than 18,000 Union Construction jobs

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Residents interested in learning more about life changing career opportunities in unionized construction are encouraged to attend a free unionized careers information event to be held at Suffolk Downs on Tuesday 26th July.

The Greater Boston Building Trades Unions, John Moriarty and Associates, The HYM Investment Group and the City of Revere will host their first construction-focused job information event to attract and train the next generation of construction workers. The event is free to all jobseekers and attendees will learn about the thousands of lucrative new construction jobs coming to the region from the Suffolk Downs over the 15 to 20 years of construction. No building experience is required to participate.

“The redevelopment of Suffolk Downs will employ thousands in the construction industry with fair wages and the benefits they need to support their families,” said Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo. “I am proud that Revere is a party to the largest project labor contract in state history and look forward to working to promote union membership in our neighborhoods.”

“Suffolk Downs will only thrive if the people who build, live and work on Suffolk Downs and the surrounding community thrive. We are excited that the redevelopment of Suffolk Downs will provide thousands of Revere and East Boston residents with real economic opportunity and meaningful career opportunities,” said Thomas N. O’Brien, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of HYM.

“We are grateful for our partnership with the Building Trades Union, HYM, and the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters to ensure Suffolk Downs is unionized and a whole generation of workers in the area will experience family-sustaining career opportunities in on an unprecedented scale,” said John Moriarty of John Moriarty & Associates.

“The Project Labor Agreement (PLA) at Suffolk Downs will create family-sustaining careers for thousands of construction workers across all boroughs of Boston and Revere for the next decade and beyond, and illustrate the importance of shared economic prosperity through responsible development,” said Brian Doherty, General Manager and Treasurer of the Greater Boston Building Trades Unions. “We are excited to partner with The HYM Investment Group and John Moriarty & Associates to advance equity and inclusion as we hire and train the next generation of construction workers.”

HYM Investment Group, Building Trades Union, John Moriarty & Associates and the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters announced in January 2020 the signing of an unprecedented project work agreement (PLA) for the construction of the Suffolk Downs redevelopment. The agreement will ensure Suffolk Downs is built by unions and will create 18,000 construction jobs, while also being designed and built more efficiently to enable housing to be built more cost-effectively. As part of the agreement, HYM announced a $2 million investment to help build an employment pipeline of quality, unionized jobs and prepare local residents to join the future workforce at Suffolk Downs. The PLA also creates a new cost structure and model that includes several equity and inclusion provisions that will bring more workers into the industry. This innovative approach will further increase the number of women and people of color who will benefit from the career opportunities created by the project while reducing the overall cost of housing.

The Greater Boston Building Trades Unions represents 35,000 working families in the Boston metro area. Construction unions promote social and economic justice by providing workers and their families in the construction industry with family-supporting wages, health care and dignified pensions.

The Greater Boston Building Trades Unions, an umbrella organization of 20 local building trades unions, partner with more than 3,300 unionized contractors to provide the highest standards for workers in the construction industry. Through collective bargaining and partnership between workers and employers, workers achieve the highest levels of education, security and economic security throughout their careers. www.MetroBTC.org

HYM Investment Group is a leading development firm spearheading the development of more than 20 million square feet of real estate throughout the greater Boston area. The company creates mixed-use communities that strive to advance sustainability, creativity and technology for a more productive and resilient future.

The team has unparalleled knowledge of the development process, enabling the company to bring complex projects to market through community input and support. Through experience, relationship building and transparency to all stakeholders, HYM is able to deliver projects on time and on budget to generate a tangible return for its investors.

With a team that is 50% women and 30% black, HYM is committed to building projects that prioritize inclusion and embrace the rich diversity of the Boston area. From projects such as Suffolk Downs to Bulfinch Crossing, the team leads the industry in creating some of the most thriving neighborhoods in the region. www.hyminvestments.com

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