Only on 12: New Coliseum Authority chair calls employees to the table

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, April 3, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga.---We've reported a lot, and you've heard a lot about the Augusta Coliseum Authority...but what about the people who are responsible for the day to day operations? They were front and center Tuesday for a special called one-on-one meeting with the new guy in charge.

There's a new chair in town who says it's time for everybody to come to the table. It was a packed house as the newly elected chairman of the Augusta Coliseum Authority works to get the house in order.

"I'm working to get the house in order, and I'm starting from the bottom...moving to the top," said Keith Brown.

"It's hard for us to hear all the trouble that's going on with the board and everything...not knowing where our future lies," said Elizabeth Rucker-Forbes.

She was one of more than 70 employees gathering for a wrap session with the new guy in charge...the premise fairly simple..."We don't really get all of the information that the employees can provide us, and I just wanted to have an open forum where the employees could express issues and concerns."

The main concerns...pay. 75 percent of workers at the complex are part time...including Elizabeth.

"It's hard on the employees that are here," said Elizabeth.

With minimum wages employees want a minimum number of work hours each week. Then there's safety equipment they would like more sufficient back braces and steel toe shoes...and one more thing...

"That he takes this information to the board and really does something with it...that he bring us the things that we need to make this facility work," said Elizabeth.

Elizabeth calls the meeting encouraging but..."Only time will tell whether or not this meeting will take us forward in the community and provide something that everybody can be proud of," said Elizabeth.

Brown says he'd like to meet with employees quarterly.


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