CBTU Statement on the Federal Public Service Workers’ Class Action Lawsuit against the Federal Government


The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) in Canada stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Black Class Action Secretariat and the more than 1,500 Black Federal public service employees who have joined the proposed class action lawsuit against the Federal government of Canada. The lawsuit spotlights the Canadian government's failure to hire and promote Black workers in the Federal public service and speaks to the discrimination and harassment of tens of thousands of Black workers over decades. 

“Part of our mission statement is to improve economic development and employment opportunities for workers of African-Descent,” said Yolanda McClean, President of The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists in Canada. McClean further stated that “many of the Black workers are experienced and highly qualified. They report being expected to train newly hired workers and that they also occupy leadership roles on a temporary basis. If these Black qualified workers are experienced enough to train and lead other workers temporarily, why are they not good enough to be consistently promoted?”  

The data on promotion rates reveal that Black workers make up the largest racialized group with 3.8% of the approximately 300,000 Federal public service workers. The executive ranks of the Federal public service has approximately 8,000 employees. Black workers consist of approximately 1.9% of the 8000 employees at that level. 

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists in Canada is adding its voice to the voices of those seeking legislative changes in Canada that ensure Black workers can participate to their full potential within the Federal public service. Changes that include but are not limited to a separate and distinct category for Black workers under the Employment Equity Act which would ensure that Black workers are not left behind in the hiring and promotion processes of the Federal public service.

CBTU further calls on Canada’s Federal government to sit down with public service workers and their representatives to end the ongoing discrimination of Black workers within the Federal public service.

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists-Canada (CBTU) Executive Board


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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.

CBTU Membership Newsletter - 2024





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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