CBTU Membership Letter

March 2, 2023


Greetings CBTU Member: 


Welcome to The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Canada Chapter. We are so pleased that we are getting new members to join this collective power daily, and we are grateful for the CBTU members who have been involved and created this phenomenal organization. 

2023 marks our 27th year, and we have an inspiring 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. 


The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Canada Chapter, is open to further donations and Sponsorship. These funds help support the CBTU projects and initiatives. In the coming weeks, we will forward requests for Sponsorship to Affiliates and Community organizations. We are trying something new to ensure we can plan for events ahead.




Due to extreme weather, we were forced to reschedule our General Membership Meeting. It has been rescheduled for March 22, 2023, at 6:30-8:30 pm 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! 




May 24-29, 2023, in New Orleans. If you plan 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. Once we receive your dues, we will submit your name and contact information to CBTU International. 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 before the early registration date of March 17, 2023, your registration fee will be at par - $375.00 CDN. If you are utilizing this agreement, you MUST mail your registration form and money order to CBTU International Office, P.O. Box 66268, Washington DC 20035-6268, before March 17. 


Otherwise, your registration fee will be payable in U.S. fundsA 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. 




The Under 40 Committee for the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists for March 2023 is collecting sanitary menstrual items for women experiencing homelessness.


Drop-off Dates and Times:


  • March 2-5, Sheraton Hotel 123 Queen St., 12 pm-1:30 pm
  • March 16-17, CUPE Local 2191 25 Belfield Rd, Etobicoke, ON 10 am- 2 pm
  • March 22, Liuna Hall 1263 Wilson Ave, suite 200 Toronto, ON 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
  • March 27-28 CUPE Local 2191 25 Belfield Rd, Etobicoke, ON 10 am-2 pm


Should you have any questions, please get in touch with Juanita Forde at

[email protected]




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


Attention: Christine Maclin – CBTU 

115 Gordon Baker Road, Toronto, ON M2H OA8

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


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


Peace and Solidarity, 

CBTU Canada Chapter Executive


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Dear CBTU Brother and Sisters:


I am excited to announce that the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Annual Region 1 Conference will be held July 19-21, 2024, at The Doubletree Hotel, 6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse, NY. 

Continuing the celebration of the International CBTU 53rd Anniversary, our theme is also “Never Back, Always Forward: Hate Cannot Erase Us.”  The agenda will consist of education and information that will give us an opportunity to reflect on our power and influence in the labor movement and our communities in the fight for social and economic justice.


In solidarity

Sharon Lovelady-Hall, CBTU Region 1 Director

Andrea McCormack, Secretary 

Nina Manning, Treasurer

Ursula Howard, Women’s Committee Chair        

Eugene Williams, Men’s Committee Chair 

LaNette Murphy,Youth Committee Chair  

Juanita Forde, Younger Workers Committee Chair


[email protected]




May 1st, 2024 


Greetings CBTU Members: 

The Executive Board would like to have a meeting to prepare for the busy months ahead. 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. 

Please continue to follow the WhatsApp CBTU Ontario chat :


African Refugee Support


Dear CBTU Family and CBTU friends,

Enclosed are the details for the next Shared Closet event in support of the African Refugees in Canada.

The event will take place at the OPSEU Union Hall, located at 31 Wellesley Ave, Toronto, on the dates and times shown on the bulletin. Please join CBTU as we come together to assist those within our community who need our support the most. We are asking CBTU members, their families, and supporters for donations of time, finances, gently used clothing, toiletries, and more.

Please join CBTU and our alli Shared Closet as we actively work to improve living and working conditions within the Black community. 

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In solidarity

CBTU - Canada

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