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Union may file lawsuit over Music City Center information

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

It may take a lawsuit to answer a thorny question once and for all - who is working on the Music City Center?

The crane operators union has given the convention center authority 14 days to release complete payroll records on the job, including the addresses of its workers, or it's threatening to file suit.

You may remember our I-Team investigation in February.

The union asked for information on the construction workforce, but key details were withheld, and employees' addresses, even zip codes, were blacked out.

"We have absolutely no clue how many locals are represented on this job and that's the problem. The authority and the dean administration don't either," said Richard Rehberg, with the IUOE union.

The union now says that information should have come out. In fact, there's legal precedent for releasing it in a case from 1996 requiring MDHA to share payroll information, including worker addresses, as part of the Tennessee Public Records act.

The union is also asking for a refund on the fees it was charged for copying the pages. It adds up to more than $3,000.

And there were extra fees tacked by the convention center, just to cross out all that information it didn't want to share.

"We asked, we turned in a request to review all the payroll documents, we did get to review them but they had to redact the addresses and the street numbers and all that off of it. We didn't ask for the redacted addresses, we asked to review the certified payroll," said Red Patterson, with the IUOE Local 369.

The I-Team also reported on some sensitive information the authority was sharing with everyone on the internet - workers' religions.

At that time, the Music City Center board had listed its own religions as unknown but told us they would be reporting the information like everyone else as required by a relatively new Metro and state diversity law.

The latest report shows 43 percent of the convention center authority still listing their religious preferences as unknown.

The issue all along has been local jobs.

The crane operators union and its attorney say if the workforce addresses are not made public within 14 days, they will file a lawsuit.

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