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Developer-union coalition draws backing from all major mayoral candidates

By Gintautas Dumcius

All six major mayoral candidates have signed a pledge pushed by a newly launched coalition that involves a Dorchester-based union and local developers.

The pledge, from the Responsible Development Coalition, calls for candidates to support union jobs, equal pay, and energy efficiency in real estate development.

City Councillor At-Large Michelle Wu was the first to sign on, a few hours after the coalition’s launch last Wednesday. South End state Rep. Jon Santiago and City Councillors Andrea Campbell and Annissa Essaibi George followed, as did Acting Mayor Kim Janey and John Barros, the city’s former economic development chief.

The new coalition is chaired by Joe Byrne, the executive secretary treasurer of the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters. Jim Grossmann, a founding partner, is the founder of RISE Construction Management. Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation is also a member of the new coalition.

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