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 stadium’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 don’t use labor sources that they call unsafe and unfair to workers.
Councilman Anthony Davis drafted the letter.
“I personally think we owe it to the taxpayer if we’re going to spend this large capital money that we get the jobs back to our taxpayers at a good rate, and they’re good jobs and we have apprenticeship programs—we can create careers for people.”
The city’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 don’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.