The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists is the independent voice of black, minority, and poor workers within the trade union movement, challenging organized labor to be more relevant to the needs and goals of black, minority, and poor workers.

CBTU’s mission statement is to fulfill the dream of those Black trade unionists, both living and deceased, who throughout this century have courageously and continuously struggled to build a national movement that would bring all our strengths and diverse talents to bear in the endless effort to achieve economic, political and social justice for every American.

The objectives of CBTU are: to improve economic development and employment opportunities for black, minority, and poor workers, to provide a voice and vehicle for greater black and minority participation while working within the structure of the trade union movement; to increase union involvement in voter registration, voter education and voter turnout projects; to organize unorganized workers; to actively support civil rights and civic groups working to improve living and working conditions in the black, minority, and poor communities, and to boost effective political alliances between labor, churches and the general community.