Jon Byrd – Union Representative & Director of Organizing

Jon began his career in 1998 at the age of 16 bagging groceries at a store in Highland IL. At age 18 he transferred to the meat department as a Local 88 meat clerk, shortly thereafter the store closed and he was transferred to a meat department in Collinsville. While working as a meat clerk, he attended Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville (SIUE) and received a bachelor’s degree in Employment Relations. In the fall of 2008 Jon was approached by Local 88 and asked to campaign for President Obama. During the 2008 campaign Jon’s passion, dedication and commitment was recognized and in 2009 he was appointed to the position of Director of Organizing for Local 88. February of 2017 Jon took on the duties as a fulltime Union Representative and Director of Organizing.