CBTU 47th International Convention

The CBTU 47th International Convention was held in Orlando, Florida from May 23 to 28, 2018. The Canadian delegation grew to a historic 50 participants this year; its largest delegation of all time heralded Canadian Chapter President Yolanda McClean on the convention floor.

As has grown customary, the CBTU Canadian Chapter placed several resolutions on the floor of convention, varying in topics from childhood labour education to Black Votes Matter to seeking an apology from the government for slavery, each of which were passed by the delegates. Various members of the Chapter also participated in the convention proceedings as well. Chris Wilson and Jawara Gairey participated as panelists on the topic of environmental racism. Mark Brown participated as a speaker in the Organizing Through the Storm townhall meeting. Isabelle Miller moderated a panel on the aftermath of the 2017 hurricanes in the Caribbean which Roxanne St.Hill participated in as a panelist. Yolanda McClean presided over the Awards Banquet on the Sunday evening, where she was honoured with an award for her excellence.

Yolanda McClean was also elected as Trustee, and Isabelle Miller and Chris Wilson were elected as Executive Members at Large, to the CBTU International Executive Board.

The Chapter would like to thank all delegates from the Canadian Chapter who attended and who helped make this convention a great success!

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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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The McClean family and Coalition of Black Trade Unionists would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity in funding the CBTU Scholarship Fund. In memory of Sylvia McClean, a true god sent to everyone she met.

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