Before taking their final vote to approve a new baseball stadium, Metro Council members sent a message to Mayor Karl Dean Tuesday: make sure this construction project creates good jobs for people who live in Nashville.
More than half of the council signed onto a letter laying out considerations they want settled before the stadiumâ€™s groundbreaking.
It calls for a stronger than ever commitment to hire local workers, partnerships with on-the-job training programs run by non-profits, and efforts to make sure contractors donâ€™t use labor sources that they call unsafe and unfair to workers.
Councilman Anthony Davis drafted the letter.
â€śI personally think we owe it to the taxpayer if weâ€™re going to spend this large capital money that we get the jobs back to our taxpayers at a good rate, and theyâ€™re good jobs and we have apprenticeship programsâ€”we can create careers for people.â€ť
The cityâ€™s last building project, the Music City Center, was marked by complaints of contracts being given to out-of-state companies and workers outsourced using temporary firms that donâ€™t necessarily offer living wages or benefits. Davis says the city started to open its eyes to potential problems, but still has a great deal of work to do to make things right.