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'''Coalition of Black Trade Unionists'''
 
'''Coalition of Black Trade Unionists'''
  
 
==History==
 
==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:
 
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."''
 
:'' "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<ref>http://www.cbtu.org/history.html</ref>.  
 
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>.  
 
 
:''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.''
 
:''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==
 
==Original CBTU founders==
 
 
The original 1972 founders of CBTU were<ref>http://www.cbtu.org/founders.html</ref>;
 
The original 1972 founders of CBTU were<ref>http://www.cbtu.org/founders.html</ref>;
 
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*[[William Lucy]]
* [[William Lucy]]
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*[[Nelson Edwards]]
 
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*[[Cleveland Robinson]]
* [[Nelson Edwards]]
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*[[Charles Hayes]]
 
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*[[William H. Simons]]
* [[Cleveland Robinson]]
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* [[Charles Hayes]]
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* [[William H. Simons]]
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==Original CBTU leaders==
 
==Original CBTU leaders==
 
 
The original 1972 leaders of CBTU were<ref>http://www.cbtu.org/founders.html</ref>;
 
The original 1972 leaders of CBTU were<ref>http://www.cbtu.org/founders.html</ref>;
  
 
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*[[William Lucy]], [[AFSCME]]
* [[William Lucy]], [[AFSCME]]
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*[[Charles Hayes]], (UFCW) [deceased]
 
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*[[Nelson  Edwards]], [[UAW]] [deceased]
* [[Charles Hayes]], (UFCW) [deceased]
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*[[Cleveland Robinson]], District 65 [[UAW]] [deceased]
 
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*[[William H. Simons]], [[AFT]]
* [[Nelson  Edwards]], [[UAW]] [deceased]
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*[[Alzada Clark]], [[UFW]]
   
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* [[Cleveland Robinson]], District 65 [[UAW]] [deceased]
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* [[William H. Simons]], [[AFT]]
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* [[Alzada Clark]], [[UFW]]
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* [[Isom Clemons]], [[International Longshoremens Association]]
 
* [[Isom Clemons]], [[International Longshoremens Association]]

Revision as of 00:13, 29 December 2009

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Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

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[1].

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[2];

Original CBTU leaders

The original 1972 leaders of CBTU were[3];

CBTU executive committee

As of 2009 the CBTU executive committee consisted of[4];

CBTU Trustees

As of 2009 the CBTU Trustees were[5];

CBTU regional representatives

As of 2009 the CBTU regional representatives were [6];

At Large members

CBTU staff

As of 2009 the CBTU staff were[7];

References

  1. http://www.cbtu.org/history.html
  2. http://www.cbtu.org/founders.html
  3. http://www.cbtu.org/founders.html
  4. http://www.cbtu.org/cbtuexecouncil.html
  5. http://www.cbtu.org/cbtuexecouncil.html
  6. http://www.cbtu.org/cbtuexecouncil.html
  7. http://www.cbtu.org/cbtustaff.html