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This Lynn Tech grad will make history with a Boston construction union

Kenell Broomstein, a Lynn Tech graduate, is the first woman of color to be named to a leadership role at any major Boston construction union.
Kenell Broomstein, a Lynn Tech graduate, is the first woman of color to be named to a leadership role at any major Boston construction union. (Courtesy photo)

BOSTON — A Lynn Vocational Technical Institute graduate has been named business agent for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 103.

Kenell Broomstein, 33, is the first woman of color to fulfill the leadership role at any major Boston construction union, Local 103 said.

The business agent’s job is to represent union members in generating work and meeting with community, industry, and political stakeholders.

Broomstein’s résumé includes work on Fenway Residence Inn, the Boston Tea Party Museum, Olmstead Place in Jamaica Plain, and Hub 25, an apartment community near the JFK/UMass MBTA Station.

At Lynn Tech she studied the electrical trade, graduated in 2004 and became an IBEW apprentice in 2006. She was later elected vice president of her Apprentice Council.

Lou Antonellis, IBEW’s business manager, said he has seen Broomstein rise through the ranks. This new role, he said, will give her an opportunity to advance equity within the construction industry.

Broomstein, a Dorchester resident, said she is on a mission to organize and recruit young people of all backgrounds into the labor movement.

“The union has been a crucial launching pad for my career and I want everyone to see the value the union brings to the work, to the community, and to improving lives,” Broomstein said in a statement. “I am excited about the chance this will provide for me to help more young people change their lives by choosing a career in our industry.”

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