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'''Coalition of Black Trade Unionists'''
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The '''Coalition of Black Trade Unionists'''
  
==Original CBTU Leaders==
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==Inspiration==
  
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The [[National Negro Labor Council]], (1950-56) was a [[Communist Party USA]] front for black workers and labor officials. It was a direct inspiration for the [[Coalition of Black Trade Unionists]].<ref>PWW, Feb 20, 1993, page 12</ref>
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==Communist influence==
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In the early 1970s, [[Communist Party USA]] aligned  union members began to find their voice through new coalitions such as the [[Coalition of Black Trade Unionists]] , the [[Labor Council for Latin American Advancement]] , and the National Coordinating Committee for [[Trade Unionists for Action and Democracy]]. TUAD leaders — [[Fred Gaboury]], [[Rayfield Mooty]], [[Debbie Albano]] and [[Adelaide Bean]], along with [[Labor Today]] editors [[Jim Williams]] and [[Scott Marshall]], helped bring these coalitions together. These labor coalitions, like CLUW, reflected rising communist influence in the labor movement.<ref>[Joy in the Struggle, My Life and Love, Bea Lumpkin, page 163]</ref>
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==About==
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===Mission===
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The stated mission of the Union is:<ref>[http://www.cbtu.org/mission.html CBTU website: ''About''] (accessed on Sept. 8, 2010)</ref>
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:''"To fulfill the dream of those Black trade unionists, both living and deceased, who throughout this century have courageously and unremittingly struggled to build a national movement that would bring all our strengths and varied talents to bear in the unending effort to achieve economic, political and social justice for every American."''
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===History===
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In September of 1972, more than 1,200 black union officials and rank and file members, representing thirty-seven different international and national unions, met in Chicago for two days to discuss the role of black trade unionists in the labor movement. Five black labor leaders, alarmed that the [[AFL-CIO]] Executive Council had taken a "neutral" position in the 1972 presidential election between incumbent Richard Nixon and challenger [[George McGovern]], called this founding conference of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. They believed AFL-CIO President George Meany had ignored the voice of black trade unionists. Neutrality, they believed, would contribute to the re-election of Nixon. The call they issued for the conference noted:
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:'' "We are concerned that the re-election of Richard Nixon will almost certainly result in four more years of favored treatment for the rich and powerful; continued unemployment; frozen wages; high prices; appoint- meant of additional members of the U.S. Supreme Court who are conservative and insensitive to the rights of workers, minorities, and the poor; more repression and restriction of civil liberties; and the reversal or total neglect of civil rights."''
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The initial meeting, which took place September 23-24, 1972, at the LaSalle Hotel, constituted the largest single gathering of Black unionists in the history of the American labor movement. It was a bold, empowering action. While the impetus for the Chicago conference was the presidential campaign, the most significant development was the establishment of a permanent organization, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists<ref>http://www.cbtu.org/history.html</ref>.
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:''The delegates made it clear that black workers were ready to share in the power of the labor movement at every level of its policy-making process. CBTU would be a progressive forum for black workers to bring their special issues within unions as well as act as a bridge between organized labor and the black community.''
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==Original CBTU founders==
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The original 1972 founders of CBTU were<ref>http://www.cbtu.org/founders.html</ref>;
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*[[William Lucy]]
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*[[Nelson Edwards]]
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*[[Cleveland Robinson]]
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*[[Charles Hayes]]
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*[[William H. Simons]]
  
* [[William Lucy]], [[AFSCME]]
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==Original CBTU leaders==
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The original 1972 leaders of CBTU were<ref>http://www.cbtu.org/founders.html</ref>;
  
* [[Charles Hayes]], (UFCW) [deceased]
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*[[William Lucy]], [[AFSCME]]
* [[Nelson  Edwards]], "Jack"[[UAW]] [deceased]
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*[[Charles Hayes]], (UFCW) [deceased]
   
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*[[Nelson  Edwards]], [[UAW]] [deceased]
* [[Cleveland Robinson]], District 65 [[UAW]] [deceased]
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*[[Cleveland Robinson]], District 65 [[UAW]] [deceased]
   
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*[[William H. Simons]], [[AFT]]
* [[William Simons]], [[AFT]]
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*[[Alzada Clark]], [[UFW]]
   
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* [[Alzada Clark]], [[UFW]]
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* [[Isom Clemons]], [[International Longshoremens Association]]
 
* [[Isom Clemons]], [[International Longshoremens Association]]
   
 
 
* [[Levi Daniels]], [[UMW]]
 
* [[Levi Daniels]], [[UMW]]
   
 
 
* [[Ola Kennedy]], [[USW]]
 
* [[Ola Kennedy]], [[USW]]
   
 
 
* [[Gideon Parham]], [[Teamsters]]
 
* [[Gideon Parham]], [[Teamsters]]
   
 
 
* [[Lillian Roberts]], [[AFSCME]]
 
* [[Lillian Roberts]], [[AFSCME]]
   
 
 
* [[Dennis Serrette]], [[CWA]]
 
* [[Dennis Serrette]], [[CWA]]
   
 
 
* [[Horace Sheffield]], [[UAW]] (deceased)
 
* [[Horace Sheffield]], [[UAW]] (deceased)
   
 
 
* [[Ed Todd]], Textile Workers (deceased)
 
* [[Ed Todd]], Textile Workers (deceased)
   
 
 
* [[Agnes Willis]], [[IUEW]]
 
* [[Agnes Willis]], [[IUEW]]
   
 
 
* [[Robert Wilson]], Butcher's Union (UFCW)
 
* [[Robert Wilson]], Butcher's Union (UFCW)
   
 
 
* [[Constance Woodruff]], [[ILGWU]]
 
* [[Constance Woodruff]], [[ILGWU]]
 
 
 
* [[Addie Wyatt]], [[UFCW]]
 
* [[Addie Wyatt]], [[UFCW]]
   
 
 
* [[Robert Simpson]], Teamsters
 
* [[Robert Simpson]], Teamsters
 
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* [[Leonard Ball]], [[AFSCME]] (deceased)
* [[Leonard Ball]], AFSCME (deceased)
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* [[Jim Bell]], [[UAW]] (deceased)
 
* [[Jim Bell]], [[UAW]] (deceased)
   
 
 
* [[James Davis]], [[UAW]]
 
* [[James Davis]], [[UAW]]
   
 
 
* [[Oliver Montgomery]], [[USW]]
 
* [[Oliver Montgomery]], [[USW]]
 
 
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</div>
  
 
==CBTU executive committee==
 
==CBTU executive committee==
 
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As of 2009 the CBTU executive committee consisted of;<ref>http://www.cbtu.org/cbtuexecouncil.html</ref>
As of 2009 the CBTU executive committee consisted of<ref>http://www.cbtu.org/cbtuexecouncil.html</ref>;
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*[[William Lucy]] - President International Secy-Treasurer, [[AFSCME]]  
* [[William Lucy]] CBTU President Int'l Secy-Treasurer [[AFSCME]]  
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*[[Henry Nicholas]] - International Vice President, [[AFSCME]]/[[NUHHCE]]
 
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*[[Clayola Brown]] - First Vice President and International Vice President, [[UNITE]]
* [[Henry Nicholas]] Int'l Vice President [[AFSCME]]/[[NUHHCE]]
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*[[Lew Moye]] - Second Vice President, [[UAW]]
 
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*[[Gwend Johnson]] - Director Human & Civil Rights, [[CWA]]
* [[Clayola Brown]] CBTU First Vice President Int'l Vice President, [[UNITE]]
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*[[Robert Simpson]] - Corresponding Secretary, [[Teamsters]]
 
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* [[Lew Moye]] CBTU Second Vice President [[UAW]]
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* [[Gwend Johnson]] Director Human & Civil Rights [[CWA]]
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* [[Robert Simpson]] CBTU Corresponding Secretary [[Teamsters]]
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==CBTU Trustees==
 
==CBTU Trustees==
 
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As of 2009 the CBTU Trustees were;<ref>http://www.cbtu.org/cbtuexecouncil.html</ref>
* [[Nat LaCour]] [[AFT]] Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus  Greenbelt, MD  
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*[[Nat LaCour]], [[AFT]] Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus  Greenbelt, MD  
* [[Gabe White]] [[AFSCME]] Philadelphia, PA  
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*[[Gabe White]], [[AFSCME]] Philadelphia, PA  
 
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*[[Diane Babineaux]], [[IAMAW]] Upper Marlboro, MD
* [[Diane Babineaux]] [[IAMAW]] Upper Marlboro, MD
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*[[Debra Robinson]], [[IUE-CWA]] Local 698 Bolton, MS
 
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*[[Joe Davis]], [[UAW]] Detroit, MI
* [[Debra Robinson]] [[IUE-CWA]] Local 698 Bolton, MS  
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*[[Oscar Owens]], [[ATU]]Washington, DC  
 
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*[[Terry Stapleton]], [[APWU]], Washington, DC  
* [[Joe Davis]] [[UAW]] Detroit, MI
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*[[Jos Williams]], [[Washington Metropolitan Council]], Washington, DC
 
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* [[Oscar Owens]] [[ ATU]] Washington, DC  
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* [[Terry Stapleton]] [[ APWU]] Washington, DC  
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* [[Jos Williams]] [[Washington Metropolitan Council]] Washington, DC
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==CBTU regional representatives==
 
==CBTU regional representatives==
 
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As of 2009 the CBTU regional representatives were<ref>http://www.cbtu.org/cbtuexecouncil.html</ref>;
 
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* [[Terry Melvin]] (1), NY-[[AFL-CIO]], Hamburg, NY 
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* [[Karen Peek]] (2), [[IAMAW]], Upper Marlboro, MD
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* [[Mike D. Payne]](3), [[ILA]], Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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* [[Andrew Shelton]] (4), [[USWA]], Selmer, TN
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* [[Pierrette Talley]](5), [[AFL-CIO]], Columbus, OH
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* [[Fred Redmond]] (6), [[USW]], Pittsburgh, PA
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* [[John Henry Davis]] (7), [[UAW]], Detroit, MI
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* [[Jean Hervey]] (8), [[UNITE/HERE]], Dallas, TX
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* [[Andrew Shelton]] (9), [[USWA]], Selmer, TN
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* [[Cheryl OBasih-Williams]] (10), [[NUCHHCE]], Los Angeles, CA
  
* [[Terry Melvin]] (1)  NY-[[AFL-CIO]]   Hamburg, NY
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'''At Large members'''
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* [[Carolyn Williams]], [[IBEW]], Washington, DC
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* [[Sam Lathem]], DE [[AFL-CIO]], Newark, DE 
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* [[Foster Stringer]], [[AFT]], Washington, DC
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* [[Sheila Cochran]], [[Milwaukee Labor Council]], Milwaukee, WI
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* [[Robert Richardson]], [[LIUNA]], Cincinnati, OH
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* [[Portia Given]], [[CSEA]], Albany, NY
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* [[Robin Williams]], [[UFCW]], Washington, D.C.
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* [[Roger Toussaint]], [[TWU]], New York, NY
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* [[Sandra Burleson]], [[TWU]], Houston, TX
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* [[Rudy Bruce]], [[CSEA]], Hempstead, NY
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* [[Janice Gairey]], [[OFL]], Toronto, Ontario
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* [[Kathy Jackson]], [[AFSCME]], Hartford, CT
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* [[George Gresham]], [[SEIU]], 310 West 43rd Street New York, NY 
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* [[Mike Payne]], [[ILA]] Local 1526, Fort lauderdale Fl
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* [[Antonio Christian]], [[IBT]], San leandro CA
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* [[Tina Abbott]], MI [[AFL-CIO]], Brownstown, MI
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* [[Tony Hill]], [[ILA]], Jacksonville, FL
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* [[Ken Rigmaiden]], [[IUPAT]], Washington, D.C.
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* [[William Adams]], [[ILWU]], San Francisco, CA
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* [[Maxine Carter]], [[USWA]], Pittsburgh, PA
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* [[Harold Rogers]], [[AFT]], Chicago, IL
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* [[Eveleyna Washington]], [[IAM]], Lockport, IL
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* [[Anna Sutton]], [[AFSCME]], Plainfield, NJ 7060
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* [[Josephine LeBeau]], [[AFSCME]], Lauderdale Lake, FL
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* [[Rose Daylie]], [[AFSCME]], Calument City, IL
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* [[Don Afflick]], [[AFSCME]], Bronx, NY
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* [[Mujahid Majeed]], [[UAW]], North Plain, NJ
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* [[Don Cash]], [[UFCW]], Landover, MD
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* [[Gloria Johnson]], [[ICWA]], Camp Spring, MD
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* [[Pat Ford]], [[SEIU]], Laurel, MD
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* [[Karen Peek]] (2) [[IAMAW]] Upper Marlboro, MD
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==CBTU staff==
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As of 2009 the CBTU staff were<ref>http://www.cbtu.org/cbtustaff.html</ref>;
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* [[Michael Williams]] CBTU Executive Director / Special Assistant to the President
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* [[Dave Claxton]] CBTU Field Coordinator
  
* [[Mike D. Payne]](3) [[ILA]] Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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==DSA supporters==
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* [[Andrew Shelton]] (4) [[USWA]] Selmer, TN
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==37th International Convention==
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From May 22-25, 2008, the CBTU held their 37th International Convention in St. Louis, Missouri.<ref name=37conindex>[http://www.broadcasturban.net/webcast/cbtu2008/index.html Broadcast Urban: ''37th International Convention - Webcast Schedule''] (accessed on Dec. 19, 2011)</ref>
  
* [[Pierrette Talley]](5) [[AFL-CIO]] Columbus, OH
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===May 22 Opening Session===
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The following is a list of the speakers from the May 22 opening session:<ref>[http://www.broadcasturban.net/webcast/cbtu2008/thu_opening.htm Broadcast Urban: ''37th International Convention - Opening Session"] (accessed on Dec. 19, 2011)</ref>
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*[[Lew Moye]], [[United Auto Workers]] - welcome
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*[[Diane Babineaux]], [[IAMAW]] - presiding officer
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*[[Henry McCoy]], [[CBTU]] Chaplain - Invocation
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*[[Kaci Wiley]] - Pledge of Allegiance
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*[[Harold Palmer]], Recording Artist, [[OAPSE]]/[[AFSCME]] Local 4 - United States and Canadian National Anthem:
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*[[Lenny McNeill]], Executive Vice President, Countrywide - greetings
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*[[William Lucy]], President, [[CBTU]] - Introduction of Senator [[Barack Obama]]
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*Senator [[Barack Obama]], Presidential Candidate - Guest Speaker via Phone:
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*[[Phil Gruber]], Junior V.P., Machinist Union - remarks
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*[[Robert Soutier]], President, [[St. Louis Labor Council]] - official welcome
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*[[Gerald Feldhaus]], Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Building & Construction Trades Council of St. Louis, [[AFL-CIO]] - official welcome
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*[[Hugh McVey]], President, Missouri [[AFL-CIO]] - official welcome
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*[[Oscar Owens]], [[ATU]], Secretary-Treasurer - Fraternal Greetings
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*[[Willie Hughes]], [[AFSCME]] - Introduction of Executive Board
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*[[Henry Nicholas]], IVP [[AFSCME]]/[[NUHHCE]] - Introduction of President
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*[[William Lucy]], President's Report, President, CBTU
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*[[Willie Baker, Jr.]], Executive Vice President Emeritus CBTU - Introduction of Special Guest Speaker
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*[[Arlene Holt-Baker]], Executive Vice President, [[AFL-CIO]] - Special Guest Speaker
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*[[William Burrus]], President, [[APWU]] - Guest Speaker
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*[[Mike Williams]], Executive Director, CBTU - Announcements
  
* [[Fred Redmond]] (6) [[USW]] Pittsburgh, PA
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There was also a C.A.R.A.T. Team Presentation during the opening session.
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* [[John Henry Davis]] (7) [[UAW]] Detroit, MI
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* [[Jean Hervey]] (8)  [[UNITE/HERE]] Dallas, TX
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===National Women's Conference===
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The following is a list of the speakers from the National Women's Conference:<ref>[http://www.broadcasturban.net/webcast/cbtu2008/fri_nwc.htm Broadcast Urban: ''37th International Convention - National Women's Conference"] (accessed on Dec. 19, 2011)</ref>
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*[[Anita Patterson]], Chair - Call to Order
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*[[Marion A. Frince]], [[Joshua Media Industry]] - Invocation
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*[[Harold Palmer]], Recording Artist, [[OAPSE]]/[[AFSCME]] Local 4 - musical selection
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*[[William Lucy]], President, CBTU - opening remarks
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*[[Lucia Matibenga]], Vice President, [[Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions]] - remarks
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*[[Darlene Green]], Comptroller, St. Louis - remarks
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*[[Glen Ellis]], Founder, [[Strategies for Well Being]]/Health Educator - moderator
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*[[Gwendolyn Johnson]], Vice President, HIV/AIDS 1199C [[National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees]], [[AFSCME]] - panelist
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*[[Leroy Butler]], Former Green Bay Packer, Founder of the Leroy Butler Foundation/Health Educator - spoke on breast cancer
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*[[Heather Booth]], [[AFL-CIO Health]] Care Presenter - spoke on breast cancer
  
* [[Andrew Shelton]] (9) [[USWA]] Selmer, TN
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===Town Hall Meeting===
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The following is a list of the speakers from the Town Hall meeting:<ref>[http://www.broadcasturban.net/webcast/cbtu2008/fri_townhall.htm Broadcast Urban: ''37th International Convention - Town Hall Meeting"] (accessed on Dec. 19, 2011)</ref>
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*[[Willie Baker, Jr.]], Executive Vice President Emeritus
  
* [[Cheryl OBasih-Williams]] [[NUCHHCE]] Los Angeles, CA
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'''Panelists:'''
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*[[Arlene Holt-Baker]], Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO
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*[[Lenny McNeill]], Executive Vice President, [[National Production Multicultural Markets Division]], [[Countrywide Bank]], [[FSB]]
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*Rep. [[Keith Ellison]], U.S. House of Representatives (D-MN)
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*Executive Vice President, [[Center for Responsible Lending]]
  
[[At Large members]]
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===May 24 Opening Session===
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The following is a list of the speakers from the May 22 opening session:<ref>[http://www.broadcasturban.net/webcast/cbtu2008/sat_opening.htm Broadcast Urban: ''37th International Convention - May 24 Opening Session"] (accessed on Dec. 19, 2011)</ref>
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*[[National Labor College]] - video
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*[[Cheryl Obesih-Williams]], Region 10 Rep. - Introduction of Presiding Officer
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*[[Henry Nicholas]], IVP AFSCME/NUHHCE - Presiding Officer
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*[[Lew Moye]], Host Chair, President, CBTU St. Louis - Introduction of Rep. William Lacy Clay
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*Rep. [[William Lacy Clay]], U.S. House of Representatives (D-MO 1) - remarks
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*[[Tony Hill]], Florida Senate, 1st District (D) - Introduction of Rep. Bennie Thompson
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*Rep. [[Bennie Thompson]], U.S. House of Representatives (D-MI 2) - remarks
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*[[William Lucy]], President, CBTU - remarks
  
* [[Carolyn Williams]] [[IBEW]] Washington, DC
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===Sunday Worship===
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The following led the May 25 Sunday worship:<ref>[http://www.broadcasturban.net/webcast/cbtu2008/sun_worship.htm Broadcast Urban: ''37th International Convention - Sunday Worship''] (accessed on Dec. 19, 2011)</ref>
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*[[Eveleyna Washington]], President, Joliet Chapter - Introduction of Presiding Officer
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*[[Terry Melvin]], New York AFL-CIO - Presiding Officer
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*Bishop [[Anthony Claxton]] - remarks
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*[[Lew Moye]], St. Louis Chapter - Introduction of Minister
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*Reverend [[Douglas Parham]], Community Church of God - sermon
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*[[William Lucy]], President, CBTU - remarks
  
* [[Sam Lathem]] DE [[AFL-CIO]] Newark, DE 
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===Awards Banquet===
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The following is a list of the speakers from the awards banquet:<ref>[http://www.broadcasturban.net/webcast/cbtu2008/sun_awards.htm Broadcast Urban: ''37th International Convention - Awards Banquet"] (accessed on Dec. 19, 2011)</ref>
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*[[Tina Abbott]], Secretary-Treasurer, Michigan AFL-CIO - Mistress of Ceremony
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*[[Lula Odom]], C.A.R.A.T. Team Report
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*[[Mike Williams]], Executive Director, CBTU - announcements
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*[[William Lucy]], President, CBTU - closing remarks
  
* [[Foster Stringer]] [[AFT]] Washington, DC
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===Sponsors===
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*[[Mark Singleton]], CEO, [[ULLICO, Inc.]]<ref name=37conindex/>
  
* [[Sheila Cochran]] [[Milwaukee Labor Council]] Milwaukee, WI
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==42nd Annual Convention==
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Four Cubans being held in U.S. prisons should be released, according to a resolution passed by the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists at their 42nd Annual Convention, held in Orlando, Fla., in May 2013. Labor should take a stand on this question because labor has been an advocate for freedom and justice in this country and around the world, said [[Lew Moye]], second vice president of CBTU's Executive Council.
  
* [[Robert Richardson]] [[LIUNA]] Cincinnati, OH
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The four Cubans mentioned in the resolution have been incarcerated in U.S. high security prisons as a result of their activities in monitoring anti-Cuba terrorist groups based in Florida. They have been known as the Cuban Five.
  
* [[Portia Given]] [[CSEA]] Albany, NY
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Though they are little known to the American public, an international campaign for their release has won support from around the world, including a long list of Nobel Prize winners. "Cuba is no threat to U.S. security whatsoever," said Moye. "Labor needs to be standing on the right side of justice."
  
* [[Robin Williams]] [[UFCW]] Washington, D.C.
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The conference, which gathered 1,000 trade unionists, included among its business a comprehensive resolution on U.S. policy toward Cuba. That resolution called for repeal of the economic and political embargo against Cuba and opening of free travel to that country by Americans. The U.S. government currently prohibits its citizens from travelling to Cuba without government-issued licenses.
  
* [[Roger Toussaint]] [[TWU]] New York, NY
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Moye, who is also president of the St. Louis Chapter of the CBTU, said that around the world "Cuba is viewed as a country that strives to take care of its people, environmentally and healthwise, and also strives to help people in other countries." He added, "We feel that it's time for the attacks on Cuba to end and for it to be treated as an equal partner."
  
* [[Sandra Burleson]] [[TWU]] Houston, TX
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"Cuba should be totally removed from the terrorist list," [[Harold Rogers]], the resolution's author, told peoplesworld.  Rogers recalled that the [[African National Congress]] and its leader [[Nelson Mandela]] were also on the same list until well after Mandela's election as president of South Africa in 1994.
  
* [[Rudy Bruce]] [[CSEA]] Hempstead, NY
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Rogers, national director of international affairs for the CBTU , said the American public must become more educated on Cuba and lobby Congress to repeal all laws embargoing trade and restricting travel. "We see only negative information on Cuba," Rogers stated, " But in reality this small island presents  absolutely no military or economic threat."
  
* [[Janice Gairey]] [[OFL]] Toronto, Ontario
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The political difficulty, according to Rogers, is that the anti-Cuba lobby, based in Miami, is strong in D.C.  That lobby leverages the fact that Florida, with 29 electoral votes, is key to any presidential candidate's success, and has had a large anti-communist Cuban exile community, to block changes in current policy.
  
* [[Kathy Jackson]] [[AFSCME]] Hartford, CT
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Rogers says that the CBTU's resolution will be forwarded to the upcoming AFL-CIO convention through those who are leaders in both bodies.
  
* [[George Gresham]] [[SEIU]] 310 West 43rd Street New York, NY 
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"We will also use this resolution as a basis for educational work and mobilization in our local chapters," added Rogers.<ref>[http://peoplesworld.org/black-trade-unionists-call-for-new-cuba-policies/, Black trade unionists call for new Cuba policies, by: Roberta Wood July 10 2013]</ref>
 
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* [[Mike Payne]] [[ILA]] Local 1526 Fort lauderdale Fl
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* [[Antonio Christian]] [[IBT]] San leandro CA
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* [[Tina Abbott]] MI [[AFL-CIO]] Brownstown, MI
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* [[Tony Hill]] [[ILA]] Jacksonville, FL
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* [[Ken Rigmaiden]] [[IUPAT]] Washington, D.C.
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* [[William Adams]] [[ILWU]] San Francisco, CA
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* [[Maxine Carter]] [[USWA]] Pittsburgh, PA
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* [[Harold Rogers]] [[AFT]] Chicago, IL
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* [[Eveleyna Washington]] [[IAM]] Lockport, IL
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* [[Anna Sutton]] [[AFSCME]] Plainfield, NJ 7060
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* [[Josephine LeBeau]] [[AFSCME]] Lauderdale Lake, FL
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* [[Rose Daylie]] [[AFSCME]] Calument City, IL
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* [[Don Afflick]] [[AFSCME]] Bronx, NY
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* [[Mujahid Majeed]] [[UAW]] North Plain, NJ
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* [[Don Cash]] [[UFCW]]  Landover, MD
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* [[Gloria Johnson]] [[ICWA]] Camp Spring, MD
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* [[Pat Ford]] [[SEIU]]  Laurel, MD
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</div>
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==References==
 
==References==
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[[Category:Labor unions]]

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The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

Inspiration

The National Negro Labor Council, (1950-56) was a Communist Party USA front for black workers and labor officials. It was a direct inspiration for the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.[1]

Communist influence

In the early 1970s, Communist Party USA aligned union members began to find their voice through new coalitions such as the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists , the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement , and the National Coordinating Committee for Trade Unionists for Action and Democracy. TUAD leaders — Fred Gaboury, Rayfield Mooty, Debbie Albano and Adelaide Bean, along with Labor Today editors Jim Williams and Scott Marshall, helped bring these coalitions together. These labor coalitions, like CLUW, reflected rising communist influence in the labor movement.[2]

About

Mission

The stated mission of the Union is:[3]

"To fulfill the dream of those Black trade unionists, both living and deceased, who throughout this century have courageously and unremittingly struggled to build a national movement that would bring all our strengths and varied talents to bear in the unending effort to achieve economic, political and social justice for every American."

History

In September of 1972, more than 1,200 black union officials and rank and file members, representing thirty-seven different international and national unions, met in Chicago for two days to discuss the role of black trade unionists in the labor movement. Five black labor leaders, alarmed that the AFL-CIO Executive Council had taken a "neutral" position in the 1972 presidential election between incumbent Richard Nixon and challenger George McGovern, called this founding conference of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. They believed AFL-CIO President George Meany had ignored the voice of black trade unionists. Neutrality, they believed, would contribute to the re-election of Nixon. The call they issued for the conference noted:

"We are concerned that the re-election of Richard Nixon will almost certainly result in four more years of favored treatment for the rich and powerful; continued unemployment; frozen wages; high prices; appoint- meant of additional members of the U.S. Supreme Court who are conservative and insensitive to the rights of workers, minorities, and the poor; more repression and restriction of civil liberties; and the reversal or total neglect of civil rights."

The initial meeting, which took place September 23-24, 1972, at the LaSalle Hotel, constituted the largest single gathering of Black unionists in the history of the American labor movement. It was a bold, empowering action. While the impetus for the Chicago conference was the presidential campaign, the most significant development was the establishment of a permanent organization, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists[4].

The delegates made it clear that black workers were ready to share in the power of the labor movement at every level of its policy-making process. CBTU would be a progressive forum for black workers to bring their special issues within unions as well as act as a bridge between organized labor and the black community.

Original CBTU founders

The original 1972 founders of CBTU were[5];

Original CBTU leaders

The original 1972 leaders of CBTU were[6];

CBTU executive committee

As of 2009 the CBTU executive committee consisted of;[7]

CBTU Trustees

As of 2009 the CBTU Trustees were;[8]

CBTU regional representatives

As of 2009 the CBTU regional representatives were[9];

At Large members

CBTU staff

As of 2009 the CBTU staff were[10];

DSA supporters

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37th International Convention

From May 22-25, 2008, the CBTU held their 37th International Convention in St. Louis, Missouri.[11]

May 22 Opening Session

The following is a list of the speakers from the May 22 opening session:[12]

There was also a C.A.R.A.T. Team Presentation during the opening session.

National Women's Conference

The following is a list of the speakers from the National Women's Conference:[13]

Town Hall Meeting

The following is a list of the speakers from the Town Hall meeting:[14]

Panelists:

May 24 Opening Session

The following is a list of the speakers from the May 22 opening session:[15]

Sunday Worship

The following led the May 25 Sunday worship:[16]

Awards Banquet

The following is a list of the speakers from the awards banquet:[17]

Sponsors

42nd Annual Convention

Four Cubans being held in U.S. prisons should be released, according to a resolution passed by the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists at their 42nd Annual Convention, held in Orlando, Fla., in May 2013. Labor should take a stand on this question because labor has been an advocate for freedom and justice in this country and around the world, said Lew Moye, second vice president of CBTU's Executive Council.

The four Cubans mentioned in the resolution have been incarcerated in U.S. high security prisons as a result of their activities in monitoring anti-Cuba terrorist groups based in Florida. They have been known as the Cuban Five.

Though they are little known to the American public, an international campaign for their release has won support from around the world, including a long list of Nobel Prize winners. "Cuba is no threat to U.S. security whatsoever," said Moye. "Labor needs to be standing on the right side of justice."

The conference, which gathered 1,000 trade unionists, included among its business a comprehensive resolution on U.S. policy toward Cuba. That resolution called for repeal of the economic and political embargo against Cuba and opening of free travel to that country by Americans. The U.S. government currently prohibits its citizens from travelling to Cuba without government-issued licenses.

Moye, who is also president of the St. Louis Chapter of the CBTU, said that around the world "Cuba is viewed as a country that strives to take care of its people, environmentally and healthwise, and also strives to help people in other countries." He added, "We feel that it's time for the attacks on Cuba to end and for it to be treated as an equal partner."

"Cuba should be totally removed from the terrorist list," Harold Rogers, the resolution's author, told peoplesworld. Rogers recalled that the African National Congress and its leader Nelson Mandela were also on the same list until well after Mandela's election as president of South Africa in 1994.

Rogers, national director of international affairs for the CBTU , said the American public must become more educated on Cuba and lobby Congress to repeal all laws embargoing trade and restricting travel. "We see only negative information on Cuba," Rogers stated, " But in reality this small island presents absolutely no military or economic threat."

The political difficulty, according to Rogers, is that the anti-Cuba lobby, based in Miami, is strong in D.C. That lobby leverages the fact that Florida, with 29 electoral votes, is key to any presidential candidate's success, and has had a large anti-communist Cuban exile community, to block changes in current policy.

Rogers says that the CBTU's resolution will be forwarded to the upcoming AFL-CIO convention through those who are leaders in both bodies.

"We will also use this resolution as a basis for educational work and mobilization in our local chapters," added Rogers.[18]

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