Welcome to CBTU's Canadian Chapter

Greetings CBTU Member:


Happy New Year to you and all the best for 2023. We wish you a healthy and prosperous year.


Last year, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) worked closely and in partnership with organizations including The Ontario Federation of Labour, A Different Booklist, and The Freedom Train to name a few.

The CBTU would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support in making 2022 such a success.


2023 marks our 27th year, and we have a very exciting year ahead. We will double our efforts to influence policies that impact our communities and will do whatever is necessary to grow the organization and ensure that we continue progressing.


Your 2023 Annual Membership dues are now owing.


The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Canada Chapter is always open to further donations if possible. Any donation would be above your annual membership fees. These donations will support CBTU projects and initiatives.


Please forward your dues and donations, along with a copy of your completed membership form to:


Attention: Christine Maclin – CBTU

115 Gordon Baker Road, Toronto, ON M2H 3H9


Payments can be made by cheque or money order payable to CBTU or by e-transfer to Christine Maclin at [email protected].


The 52nd International Convention is being held May 24-29, 2023 in New Orleans. If you are planning to attend our International Convention, you must be a member in good standing. Membership dues must be paid to the Canada Chapter no later than March 3, 2023. We will submit your name and contact information to CBTU International once we receive your dues. You will receive your official CBTU membership card from Washington headquarters. If you have already paid please ignore this request.


Please note, if you are attending the International Convention in New Orleans, the Canada Chapter has an agreement that if you register prior to the early registration date of March 17, 2023 your registration fee will be at par - $375.00 CDN. If you will be utilizing this agreement, you MUST mail your registration form along with a money order to: CBTU International Office, P.O. Box 66268, Washington DC 20035-6268, before March 17.

Otherwise, your registration fee will be as noted on the registration form in US funds. A copy of the mail-in registration form is attached for your convenience.


The CBTU’s mission is to encourage and support the full participation of Black workers and Workers of Colour in their unions, and to organize to maximize our political influence with the labour movement and other stakeholders. The Coalition must play a significant role in educating and mobilizing members to create the type of workplace and society we want and need for present and future generations.


This year we are determined to build this organization to be stronger and more influential than ever before. We encourage you to attend our meetings and events, join one of our Committees and be a part of the change. We look forward to communicating with you and please do not hesitate to pass on ideas, suggestions and comments.


Our next General Membership meeting is scheduled for February 22, 2023 at 6:30-8:30pm at Liuna Hall, 1263 Wilson Avenue, Suite 200, Toronto. The meeting will be accessible via zoom for those who reside out of town.


Please RSVP to Holmann Richard at [email protected] if you plan to attend. Hope to see you there!




Peace and Solidarity,

CBTU Canada Chapter Executive

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January 18th, 2024 


Greetings CBTU Members: 


The Executive Board would like to Thank Janice Gairey for her endless work on the CBTU Canada Executive Board as President, Board member, and retired worker, and she was instrumental in advocating for Global African Workers. Janice is a phenomenal Leader who still does so much meaningful work in communities, labour bodies, and of course here at CBTU. Janice has decided to step away from the Executive Board to enjoy her well-deserved retirement. JaniceYour CBTU Family loves and adores you. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.


Taking a page out of Janice's Book with doing the important Community work, "being one among many" The Executive Board sees all that you are doing in your communities across Canada. Thank You. There is so much happening quickly and it's important that we can get information to you. Please ensure you are signed up to the current WhatsApp chat.


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The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists-Canada Statement Addressing Systemic Racism in Canada's Refugee Support System: A Call for Equity and Long-Term Solutions


July 19, 2023

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) in Canada is calling on the Canadian federal, provincial, and municipal governments to end what we see as systemic racism in Canada's refugee support systems. Canada is renowned for its commitment to welcoming refugees and supporting those fleeing conflict and persecution. However, recent events have shed light on a concerning disparity in the level of support offered to refugees from different regions.

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