SEIU Local 888 is relocating to a new headquarters in Braintree on June 1.
Background on the decision to move Early in 2015, President Mark DelloRusso spoke with Local 888's current landlord about several issues regarding the 52 Roland St. property. The elevator did not work for several years making it difficult for disabled members to climb the stairs to the second floor. Despite repeated requests, the landlord never fixed it.
The landlord also took several months to correct persistent heating and cooling issues (sometimes the office hit 100 degrees!) and removed our SEIU signs and banners pointing to the office location.
Traffic in the Charlestown area was already very congested and with a new casino expected in Everett, access would become even more difficult.
President DelloRusso asked the landlord to be released from the remaining four years of the lease and the Executive Board formed a committee to assist in the search for a new home in the area of Quincy, Braintree, or Dorchester. The final selection was presented by the committee to the Executive Board without objections.
Advantages By downsizing to 6,400 square feet, SEIU Local 888's members will save hundreds of thousands of dollars and help keep Local 888 financially stable for years to come. Local 888 also received four month's rent free.
"Members are going to like the safety and security of our new offices," said Local 888 President Mark DelloRusso. "It will be significantly less expensive than the Charlestown union hall and easily accessible by shuttle bus from the Quincy Adams station on the Red Line."
An "open house" for members to see the new space will likely coincide with Local 888's biannual convention tentatively scheduled for late September.
The new address for SEIU Local 888 is 25 Braintree Hill Office Park, Suite 306, Braintree, MA 02184. Local 888's main phone number will remain the same as will addresses for the Lowell, Worcester, and Western Mass offices.
In addition to the free shuttle to the Quincy Adams Red Line T Station, the new offices have ample free parking, a fitness center, and it is close to a child care center and two hotels. South Shore Plaza with over 200 stores is just five minutes away.