One interest group that is already lining up support for a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium in Providence: Organized labor.
Scott Duhamel, secretary-treasurer of the Rhode Island Building Trades Council emerged from a press briefing this afternoon by James Skeffington, president of the team and quickly said the building trades unions are planning to be vocal backers of the deal.
``We are all in, 100 percent,’’ said Duhamel. ``This may end up being our number one legislative priority this year.’’
Under questioning from Rhode Island Public Radio, Skeffington said at a briefing for reporters that the team ownership plans to use ``100 percent’’ union labor to build the proposed new stadium on the Providence downtown waterfront. Skeffington also said union labor would be employed to build a parking garage nearby that the new owners of the Boston Red Sox AAA minor league franchise would be part owners of.
The stadium and garage would result in nearly $100 million in new construction in the capital city’s downtown and would be the largest construction project downtown since the building of the Providence Place Mall, a #400 million project completed in the mid-1990s.