Local laborers and union representatives met Thursday in New Bedford to discuss job opportunities at the proposed South End Maritime Commerce Terminal. The $50 million dollar project is expected to take about 19 months to complete, and use union contractors and sub-contractors. Justin Silvia is a member of the local Operating Engineers Union. Silvia tells WBSM News, there's several reasons he's looking for a job on the project.

During the meeting, community organizer John "Buddy" Andrade re-stated his threat to bring the project to court, over the lack of opportunities for local, non-union workers. State officials say close to 40 companies have taken out bid packages for the project, with January 23rd being the deadline for submitting a bid.