Labor Coalition Seeks Worcester Stadium Deal

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A rendering of the Worcester Red Sox stadium. (Carl Stevens/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

WORCESTER (24/7 NewsSource/WBZ-AM) -- The Worcester Community Labor Coalition is looking for a community benefit agreement related to the arrival of minor league baseball.

The coalition is calling for the city and the Pawtucket Red Sox to sign an agreement that makes sure neighborhood concerns about the deal are addressed. More than 40 groups in the coalition have signed on to the letter seeking the community benefit agreement.

"Significant public tax dollars have already been spent in pursuit of this ballpark, and tens of millions more are being redirected for land takings, construction, roadwork, infrastructure improvements and marketing," their letter to the PawSox owners reads. "Publicly financed sports facilities are not economically beneficial to a community unless there are linkages and commitments to responsible contracting, environmental protection, local jobs, hiring equity and livable wages that support the community."

They say they'll support the stadium project, as long as there are commitments to meeting the needs of the community included in it. Read the full letter here.

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