Wednesday, July 22, 2015

16 Metro Council members support local-hire amendment

16 Metro Council members support local-hire amendment

A group of 16 Metro Council members announced support for Metro Charter Amendment 3 Thursday Supported by labor unions, the amendment would require that 40 percent of work hours on Metro construction projects costing $100,000 or more be completed by Davidson County residents. Dean said he would prefer the policy be discussed in an ordinance considered by Metro Council instead of added into Metro’s charter. Additional opponents to the charter amendment include the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Middle Tennessee chapters of the American Institute of Architects and Associated General Contractors, along with the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee, Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Tennessee and the Tennessee Road Builders Association. A local branch of the Laborers’ International Union of North American and Nashville Organized for Action and Hope, a new faith-based alliance of 48 organizations, proposed Charter Amendment 3. “There is no question that Nashville should make training and hiring of local residents a priority,” Davis said in the news release. “By supporting Amendment 3, we are simply ensuring that Nashville residents have a better shot at pulling themselves up, providing for themselves and their families and spending their earnings in the local economy.” The full list of council supporters thus far is: Megan Barry, Lonnell Matthews, Walter Hunt, Brady Banks, Scott Davis, Peter Westerholm, Anthony Davis, Larry Hagar, Erica Gilmore, Buddy Baker, Emily Evan, Jason Holleman, Chris Harmon, Karen Johnson, Fabian Bedne and Bo Mitchell. Reach Macaela Bennett at 615-259-8089 or Twitter @Macaela_.
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