St. Louis CBTU to celebrate 50th anniversary with Sept. 2 gala

CWA International President Claude Cummings Jr. will be the keynote speaker

The St. Louis Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a gala on Sept. 2.

The theme of the event is “Power of the Past – Force of the Future.” Claude Cummings, Jr., international president of Communications Workers of America (CWA), will be the keynote speaker. The gala will begin at 6 p.m. with a cash bar at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel, 800 Washington Ave., in St Louis, followed by dinner and the program.

In June 1973, nine months after the 1972 CBTU founding convention in Chicago, the St. Louis CBTU Chapter was formally organized under the leadership of Cliff Wilson, vice president of Meat Cutters & Butchers Local 545. President Emeritus Lew Moye succeeded Wilson for 35 years. Under current President Jay Ozier’s watch, the next generation of CBTU leaders are developing.

For 50 years, the St. Louis CBTU Chapter has been a bridge between St. Louis Labor and Black communities and has often leveraged the resources of Labor unions to mobilize Black voters to influence elections and public policies at every level of government. Black communities in Missouri played a major role in defeating the phony “right-to-work” (for less) at the ballot box in 1978 and 2018, with over 90 percent of Blacks voting “No.”

Tickets to the event are $110 per person or $1,100 for table of 10. Please make checks payable to: CBTU and mail to P.O Box 5034, St. Louis, Mo. 63115. Advertising in the 8 x 11 program book is also available: a full-page ad is $250 and a half page is $135. The deadline for tickets and ads is Aug. 25.

For more information on tickets, call Moye at 314-495-5635 or email him at For ads, email .jpeg or office word documents to Jay Ozier at He can be reached at 314-435-1752.


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