The mission of the Rochester Chapter of the Coalition of Black trade Unionists is to prepare ourselves for leadership positions within the labor movement and our communities to increase participation in all levels of political activity in order to create a more just society.

History Synopsis

With the CBTU National goals in mind, in August 1999, Randy White decided it was time for Rochester to establish its own CBTU chapter. He called on many local union leaders and staff to work toward this objective. In May 2000, Rochester was awarded its charter as a chapter of the CBTU at the National CBTU Convention.

The Rochester Chapter of CBTU plans to elaborate on these goals by implementing the following: Increase membership and encourage member participation.

  • Continue to actively participate in activities to increase voter registration and voter turnout in federal, state and local elections.
  • Participate in events that will provide a benefit to CBTU members, their families and the community at large.
  • Educate and train its members in preparation for obtaining leadership positions in their affiliate unions. We will also assist the affiliate unions in educating their members about the benefits of union activism and encouraging the members to be proactive in the labor movement.
  • Participate in activities that will enable the youth of our community to achieve socially, politically and academically. To this end, this chapter will establish a scholarship fund for children of members who aspire to the goal of higher education.
  • Continue to be cognizant of the needs of our members and will continue to be available to assist them in any way that we can.

Chapter Activities & Volunteer Opportunities

Chapter members are asked to assist their unions and community in a variety of ways. As a member you will contribute by:

  • Supporting CBTU's mission in achieving diversity, leadership and equal rights.
  • Assist other CBTU chapters and union affiliates in developing collaboration, solidarity, and a coalition for positive fundamental changes.
  • Being an advocate to assist in resolving issues when they may arise in community agencies/ organizations.
  • Supporting programs that nurture and empower our youth.
  • Working with governmental, community, religious, and scholastic leaders /organizations to bring about a positive change to our lives.
  • Volunteer Training & Personal Leadership Development

To prepare you for CBTU volunteer activities, hands-on training and educational workshops are provided. Technical training is offered to members in relevant areas, such as union activism, union politics, effective communication and organizing. Additional opportunities in organizational management and effective leadership skill training are available as you progress through the CBTU organization.

How To Join

We meet the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Labore's Hall,
20 Fourth Street, Rochester, NY

Contact Us

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
Rochester Chapter
P.O. Box 24223
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 458-6032

Get Connected

Our Website or email cbtu@rochester.rr.com

Membership Dues

Membership dues are paid annually. The dues are as follows:

Rank and File: $ 35.00
Retiree Rank and File: $22.00 Retiree Staff: $40.00
Retiree International Officer: $80.00 Staff: $100.00
International Officer: $155.00

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