NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hundreds of protesters took part in a protest near the construction site of the Music City Center late Thursday morning.
Darryl Kemper is unemployed and attended Thursday's protest in downtown Nashville.
"I want one of those tower crane jobs, I am a local worker," Kemper told Nashville's News 2.
Stacey Adkisson of Harriman, Tennessee is an out-of-work carpenter.
"We don't need people coming in here from out of state taking our work," Adkisson said.
The protestors at Thursday's event were workers primarily from three local unions who feel shut out from the jobs at Nashville's half-billion dollar convention center construction project.
They made their voice heard from the Nashville courthouse where the project was approved by the Metro Council a year ago to the downtown site where the convention center is taking shape.
Wayne Wells, president of a Mid-State Operating Engineers Union was asked if he believed the overwhelming number of workers at the MCC project were not from Nashville.
"I know they are not, I know they are not," Wells said
Music City Center officials told Nashville's News 2 that 60% of the workers are local workers.
"Based on November certified payroll here, I would say we have 60% local workers," Project Spokesperson Holly McCall said, adding, "This is the most ambitious project Nashville has ever done, we have to have the best people from all over the country work on this as well as our good local workers."
The Music City Center is scheduled to open in 2013.