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South Jersey Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

April 15, 2013

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU)is one of the six constituency groups of the National AFL/CIO. The South Jersey Chapter of CBTU meets the third Monday each month at 2299 Friesmill Rd., Williamstown, NJ, unless it falls on a holiday, in which case it is held the 4th Monday.

Since the earliest days of this nation when democracy was built on racial exploitation, black workers have risked their lives to protect and empower their communities through agitation, collective action and faith. The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists proudly carries that tradition into the 21st century.

CBTU is not a black separatist or civil rights organization. It is the fiercely independent voice of black workers within the trade union movement, challenging organized labor to be more relevant to the needs and aspirations of Black and poor workers.

At the same time, CBTU is recognized as a potent economic and political force within the African American community. One of every five black workers (20%) belongs to a union, and black union members earn 40 percent more than do non-union black workers. In the political arena, CBTU has leveraged the vast resources of unions to mobilize black voters to influence elections and public policy at every level of government.

The basic objectives of the CBTU are reflected in its activities and projects:

*Improve economic development and employment opportunities for black workers.

*Work within the framework of the trade union movement to provide a voice and vehicle for greater black and minority participation.

*Increase union involvement in voter registration, voter education and voter turnout projects.

*Organize unorganized workers.

*Actively support civil rights and civic groups working to improve living and working conditions in the black community.

*Increase effective political alliances between labor, churches and the general community.

We encourage Local 194 members to join and participate in the various constituency groups to fight for these very important issues and help ensure the continued diversity in leadership and participation within the New Jersey Labor Movement. Call the Union office for more information.