Nashville Approves MLS Construction Contract Amid Union Opposition - Articles

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Posted by: Chelsea Bennett on Sep 28, 2018

The board of directors for the Nashville Sports Authority voted in favor of awarding the MLS stadium construction contract valued at $167.5 million to a joint venture between two firms, Minneapolis-based Mortenson and Nashville-based Messer Construction Company, The Tennessean reports. The agreement will still need to undergo successful negotiations between the city and the construction firms. However, union workers encouraged Metro to only hire “high-road” subcontractors, which are unionized firms. They say high-road contractors are more likely to protect from wage theft, avoid workplace injury and ensure health insurance for workers. Following a community benefits agreement between MLS owners and the community group Stand Up Nashville, the 10-acre mixed-use private development being built next to the stadium will require high-road contracts. Union workers argue that the same standards required on the private side should also apply on the public side.