At the same time, the Pulpit Forum ministers invited business leaders to meet and discuss what was happening. After some contentious discussion, a group of business people, including the chairman of the Chamber of Commerce board, agreed to continue meeting. The “Business-Pulpit Forum Work Group” met weekly through the successful resolution of the dispute.
Kmart finally returned to the bargaining table and – four years after the struggle began – reached an agreement with the union that gave the workers a $2.50 per hour raise and improved benefits and grievance procedures. Soon after the settlement, the Business Pulpit Forum Work Group held a Town Meeting attended by a cross section of over 300 people to discuss the issues raised in the struggle. The struggle itself and the subsequent Town Meeting demonstrated Greensboro’s still unrealized potential to come together and deal with the most divisive economic and racial issues as one community.