Appeals court affirms Convention Center Authority must reveal MCC contractors’ addresses

Friday, January 18, 2013 at 6:34pm

The Convention Center Authority was ordered to hand over third-party employees’ addresses to a workers’ union following a Tennessee Court of Appeals decision filed Friday afternoon.

Martin “Red” Patterson, business manager for International Union of Operating Engineers Local 369, initially requested employee addresses in 2011 to see what percentage of workers on the $600 million Music City Center were local.

The CCA responded to his request for payroll documents, but redacted Social Security numbers and home addresses. They claimed that the addresses of employees from a third-party contractor were not public records under the Tennessee Public Records Act or the federal Freedom of Information Act.

Patterson sued the CCA in Davidson County Chancery Court in November 2011 for access to the addresses.

The Court of Appeals decision siding with Patterson was issued exactly a year since Chancellor Carol McCoy also ruled in Patterson’s favor on Jan. 18, 2012.

Legal representation for the CCA were out of the office on Friday afternoon. Patterson’s attorney, Deborah Godwin of Memphis, said she was “very pleased” with the court’s ruling.

The CCA could petition the Tennessee Supreme Court to review the case.

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12 Comments on this post:

By: Ask01 on 1/18/13 at 7:21

I clearly recall a selling point used by Mayor Dean and the Puppet Council was that the construction would benefit local and state construction businesses.

They wouldn't lie to us would they?

By: Shadow63 on 1/19/13 at 10:33

@Ask01 - Hahaha, you're a funny guy. :o)

By: govskeptic on 1/19/13 at 10:41

This has such great importance now that the @amn thing is about complete. The City
has done nothing but impede the public getting any info on these contractors, who
they were employing, and only a small portion of the cost overruns. Extra dollars will
wind up being spent, just like the Arena, on necessary items that were "Supposedly"
not included in the original contracts. Baloney, just a typical Government contracting
ploy used all over the country.

By: Ask01 on 1/20/13 at 7:57

We, the citizens, were effectively pilloried from the moment the MCC moved from the murky bowels of Metro government to the forefront.

Once the issue became more than a quite bit of council deliberation and a quick mention in the news, the juggernaut was rolling and deals being cut, even before the vote was taken to go forward.

You are correct, govskeptic, this was a typical government operation right down the line.

There was a reason Mayor Dean and his sock puppet council dared not allow the citizens a vote. The populace could not be trusted to voted lockstep with the mayor's wishes. I believe too many contracts had been signed or verbally agreed upon well before the farce of a vote to risk the lawsuits which would be filed for breach of agreements.

In short, we have no choice but to hold our nose and hope for the success of the MCC, which, though the facility will only enrich a very small number of local enteprenuers while providing many low level, minimum wage, part time seasonal jobs for people needing full time work, we are now stuck with a white elephant which needs to be paid for, hopefully only by visitors and not the taxpayer when generated income is insufficient to cover expenses.

If Dean & Co. have not exaggerated the potential, we might be safe.

On the other hand, we will be hosting the NRA convention so at least the medical community can look forward to work.

By: JeffF on 1/21/13 at 9:44

You have got to love Off-Budget Enterprises and the ability they have to look like public entities but are in fact brick walls to oversight. Metro is eat up with them, with one OBE scandal being "corrected" by the creation of another OBE with even less sunlight.

Just remember anytime a mayor creates a board he is flipping you the bird. That board does not exist to calm the public concerns, it is there to hide the sausage making.

By: wasaw on 1/21/13 at 10:29

Hizoner's McNeely, Pigott & Fox P. R, firm is already working on this issue. It's public knowledge that they own the mayor's office, with their handling and disseminating of lies for Mayor Dean during the early days of this projects development. Anytime a Metro agency, i.e. NES, Airport Authority, MDHA gets caught using the publics monies inappropriately, ole MP&F is called in to clean up the mess.

What is the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 369 going to do with the information, if and when it is ever disclosed? Don't they know that the mayor has lied to them throughout this entire ordeal? Dean is a lame duck mayor. Everyone knows he's waiting for Jim Cooper to retire. Does the union think that Dean is going to return the thousands of dollars the union gave him in all his campaigns? Ha! Ain't going to happen.

The funny thing about this is all you've had to do is drive over to the construction site and look at the license plates of the workers as they come and leave the site. IUOE, they're from Texas. Your problem is that you can't get any coverage on this from any of the local media. The public doesn't care that the facility is not being built by union workers. None of us tax payers actually plan on ever entering the building. Keep on funding the lying Democrats, as they laugh in your face.

Question: How do you know when Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is lying?
Answer: When he opens his mouth. He'll make a great congressman, won't he?

By: Ask01 on 1/21/13 at 11:38

Sadder, wasaw, is the high probability locals will alert everyone what a slug the guy is, but our warnings will fall on deaf ears, especially after a few years when everyone has moved on, and forgotten.

I'm sure he, Mayor Dean, cannot wait to move on to richer fields to plunder.

By: JohnGalt on 1/21/13 at 11:39

And now the CVB is complaining that the two hotels announced recently aren't big name, high end, expensive hotels but rather mid range more affordable properties.

By: RWinLA on 1/21/13 at 12:14

Nashville's public money should be spent in Nashville whenever possible. When Nashville's public money is spent there should be mechanisms in place to insure that money is spent with and on the people of Nashville whenever possible. Anything else is unacceptable.

By: TITAN1 on 1/22/13 at 8:57

I will say this, the MCC is beautiful and it is huge! First rate convention center!

By: Ask01 on 1/22/13 at 6:18

The facility is huge, I agree.

If the bottom ever falls out of the convention market, the building could probably be used and billed as the worlds largest homeless center.

By: Vuenbelvue on 1/22/13 at 7:11

They should also print a public listing of all conventions booked to date, by month and year along with a number of estimated attendees to each convention. I would think that would be in the public domain without a court order and not hurt competition because a agreement would already be signed.