Somerville activists have taken to City Hall several times in support of local hiring, including this 2010 rally.
Mayor Joseph Curtatone’s recently announced Local Jobs Committee comes in the wake of a long-running campaign by union organizers and other labor activists in Somerville to pressure the City to adopt a local hiring ordinance.
The ordinance, proposed last year in the Board of Aldermen, would require Somerville residents be given preference for jobs stemming from projects that receive subsidies from the City. Curtatone has said he would not support such regulations, but the Local Jobs Committee is tasked with finding ways to increase local hiring in the city.
Does the idea of the committee sound promising to you? Or would you rather see more direct action? Sound off in the comments or take our weekly poll.
Should local hiring be a priority for the Curtatone Administration?
- Yes (89%, 94 Votes)
- No (7%, 7 Votes)
- Not sure (4%, 5 Votes)
Total Voters: 106