President Terry Melvin

CBTU 43rd International Convention

Statement of Rev. Terry Melvin
President, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

I am pleased to issue the official convention call to the 43rd International Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU). This year the convention will be held in Atlanta, Georgia at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 from May 21-26, 2014. The theme is Working Together – It Shall Come to Pass. All general convention sessions will be held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

As always, we are planning a great convention as we gather to celebrate our 43rd anniversary with our delegates, guests, speakers, volunteers and many friends. To accentuate our unity and history we are asking that on Thursday participants dress in Afro-Centric garb to commemorate our lineage, and on Saturday we all wear our CBTU 2014 T-Shirts.

In my second year as president I am looking to build on what we have established and lead us in a new direction. We are looking to train and mobilize more people than ever for the upcoming 2014 election. Our agenda is ambitious and goals lofty, but together it can be accomplished. I invite you to join us and our distinguished speakers, panelists, presenters, and facilitators. We hope to make this an exciting and engaging convention that our members like yourself can make a reality.

Registration for the 2014 convention can be done online at the CBTU website, Simply click on the “Registration” link on the home page.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please call the CBTU international office at 202-778-3318 or email us at

See you in Atlanta!

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2014 Convention Information

Convention Call Letter

2014 Convention
Tentative Agenda

Pre-Registration Form

Youth Pre-Registration Form

Scholarship Application

Addie Wyatt Nomination Form

Golf Tournament

Convention Housing
(Deadline April 25, 2014)

Online Reservation Link

Hyatt 1-888-421-1442
Hilton 1-800-HILTONS

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Allied Organizations

National AFL-CIO
National NAACP
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)
A. Phillip Randolph Institute (APRI)
Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW)
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)
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Mission Statement

The Need for CBTU

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