August 20 , 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Buffalo, NY – Beginning today (Thursday, August 18th), more than 100 representatives of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) from the States of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Ontario, Canada will arrive in Buffalo to take part in Region 1’s annual four-day conference, focusing their efforts on “moving the movement” – “motivating people and getting them involved,” Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Western Region 6 Director and CBTU Buffalo Chapter President Robert Mootry, Jr. tells WNYLaborToday.com.
National CBTU President Terrence Melvin – a Buffalo area native from Lackawanna who was a founding member of the Buffalo CBTU Chapter, and who also serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the 2.5-million Member New York State AFL-CIO Labor Federation, will be in town to preside over a number of workshops and meetings that will focus a spotlight on several key issues, including the continued attack on Workers and Labor Rights, environmental justice in our communities and the upcoming and all-important presidential election.
“The ‘theme’ is ‘an injury to one is an injustice to all,” Mootry told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper. “We’ll be addressing and discussing how to ‘move the movement’ and ‘motivate, educate and activate our membership.’”
“We are ‘all equally important,’” Mootry continued, “and the question is: ‘How do you motivate people and get them involved?’ We’ll be discussing the ‘importance’ of Labor and ‘what it means’ to have ‘someone who supports Labor’ in the White House, as well as ‘what it will take to get people out to vote.’ We’ll discuss who’s the ‘best candidate’ for Working People and the ‘importance’ of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court appointments, which is ‘especially important’ to Public Sector Workers. The two major candidates are ‘so different’ and we don’t think that (Democratic candidate) Hillary (Clinton) is ‘just going to walk out there and win.’ This is a ‘critical choice,’ because it also ‘means so much’ when it comes to the global situation.”
The CBTU, which consists of members from 77 International and National Unions and has 50 chapters in major U.S. cities, as well as one in Ontario, Canada, is dedicated to addressing the unique concerns of Black Workers and their communities. To read more click on the following link