Secure Jobs, Secure Communities

Uniting to Make Downtown More Responsible!

Over the last 10 years, the gap between the rich and the working class has grown tremendously. Large commercial property owners in the Greater Boston area, like The Blackstone Group, enjoy millions of dollars in profits, while residents of the communities where most of their service workers live – Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan – can barely make ends meet.

This campaign linked SEIU Local 615's organizing of 2,000 low wage security officers working in downtown Boston office buildings with community organizations in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. The campaign held Boston's large commercial building owners accountable to both investing in their workers and to investing in the communities their workers come from.

We asked large downtown commercial property owners, including Boston's largest commercial property owner, The Blackstone Group, to invest $1 per square foot of property they own back into Boston neighborhoods. This investment would have supported some of Boston's most pressing community issues – foreclosure prevention, youth opportunities, CORI reform, and access to quality jobs.

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