Boston Herald | Dan Atkinson
September 9, 2016
A series of job fairs at the $2.1 billion Wynn casino will be packed with workers looking for a piece of the massive construction project, with union officials saying that despite the construction boom in the Boston area, the gaming palace is on a “fast track” to get built.
“People are coming in from all over the place,” Louis Mandarini, president of Laborer’s Local 22, said of workers looking for opportunities at the Everett site. “(Wynn Boston Harbor is) putting their money up, and we’re more than prepared. This is going to be big for everybody in the business.”
Robert DeSalvio, president of Wynn Boston Harbor, said the 3-million-square-foot project would create more than 4,000 construction jobs and 10 million labor hours. Wynn will hold seven job fairs over the next two weeks in Everett, Malden, Cambridge, Medford, Roxbury, Chelsea and Charlestown, where union reps and subcontractors will take questions about filling the jobs.
Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone had filed numerous environmental complaints that delayed casino mogul Steve Wynn’s proposed start time, but backed off in late August. Full construction at the site started about a month ago.
Mandarini said Wynn has had other job fairs in the past year, but said developers are now urgently moving ahead.