Hundreds of members of UNITE HERE Local 804 held a contract convention on Thursday, March 25, the day before they began contract negotiations. Local 804 represents over 900 food service workers who proudly serve our military at Ft. Benning in Columbus, Georgia.
Over 500 Local 804 members and supporters met together to prepare for contract negotiations that began on March 26th. Local 804 members discussed contract negotiation goals and proposals including improved wages and pension benefits, protection of medical benefits, and respect on the job.
Community leaders who attended the convention in support of Local 804 members included Pastor Barbara Sheppard (Words of Wisdom Christian Center Inc,), Pastor Lowell Cliatt (Seeds of Faith Baptist Church), Community Leaders Evelyn Turner Pugh (Deputy Mayor of Columbus) and Zeph Baker (Mayoral Candidate), Reginald Pugh (President/CEO Urban League of Columbus), Richard Ray (GA AFL-CIO President), and Union Leaders Jody Davis, Brian King, Dexter Smith, David Pilgrem, Chuck Herndon and Chip Hughes.