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BOSTON — Cambridge District Court employees held a rally last week over the Massachusetts Court System’s delays in relocating them from a building beset by asbestos problems. The April 18 rally, which was organized with National Association of Government Employees and the Office and Professional Employees International Union, preceded a status conference in ongoing litigation about asbestos remediation at the building. A special master of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is now handling the case. Sullivan v. Chief Justice for Administration and Management of the Trial Court, No. SJ-2007-M-002 (Mass.) The rally was held to “let everybody there know the job isn’t done and [the employees] were really feeling neglected by the trial court,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney Chris Milne of the Milne Law Offices in Dover, Ma. Other occupants of the building, including Middlesex County Superior Court and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office moved to Woburn, Mass. last month. The court system has a five-year lease on a 140,000 square-foot building. The court system’s attorney, Richard M. Zielinski of Boston’s Goulston & Storrs, said there’s no current health emergency requiring employees to vacate the building, but court officials are committed to relocating workers before starting asbestos abatement. Zielinski also said it’s taken the court system and the state’s Division of Capital Asset Management a little longer than expected to find the right space for the district court. Officials expect to sign a lease on a building in Medford, Mass. by late May or early June and to move the employees by November, he said. Zielinski also noted that the superior court’s clerk, who is one of the named plaintiffs, requested and was authorized to keep an office in the building. “We’ve been monitoring that building for year, no one is any danger,” Zielinski said.

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