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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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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.

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. 

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.

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. 

CBTU Canada Statement on the Toronto Police Services 2020 Race Based Data Collection Findings

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) in Canada acknowledges the apology to the Black community by Toronto Police Chief James Ramer. We further recognize that the information collected in the 2020 Race-Based Data Collection Report sheds light on the policing of Black and Indigenous communities, covering multiple years with various police chiefs at the helm.

Statement by the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Canada - Black unionized employees face real harm if excluded from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario


The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Canada (CBTU) is calling upon the community and the labour movement as a whole to pay close attention to two test cases currently before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. The cases follow a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision that could result in Black unionized employees’ losing the right to file human rights complaints in Ontario.

Changes to Our Upcoming Webinar Series

Hello CBTU Family,

Please be advised of the following changes to our upcoming webinar series:

  • The March 15, 2021 Trauma in our Community webinar has been postponed. New date to be announced.
  • The March 18,2021 webinar commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will go ahead as scheduled.
  • The March 24, 2021 Building Solidarity with Indigenous Communities webinar has been postponed. New date to be announced.

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