Last week, OUR Walmart member Brandon Garrett traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to attend The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) 43rd International Convention. Attendees came to gain information, education, and tools for creating change within local communities. Brandon, who was an associate at Walmart until he was fired, joined many other allies from progressive organizations to take part in discussions and workshops on issues that impact African American workers including wages, on-the-job health and safety, mass incarceration, public education, voter suppression, the Affordable Care Act, and wage inequality. Brandon was also a panelist in a Town Hall entitled “Overworked and Underpaid: The plight of low-wage workers” which focused on the uprise of workers that are trapped in low-wage jobs.
Robin Williams, the associate director of the UFCW’s Civil Rights and Community Action Department, and member of NAACP’s National Board of Directors facilitated the Town Hall, which fit the them of the Convention: Working Together—It Shall Come to Pass.
Additionally, International Vice President (retiree) Mary Finger and UFCW Local 1000 Executive Board Member and Kroger worker Angela Johnson attended the CBTU Women Luncheon where a panel discussion took place regarding the social and economic impact of Black women throughout the world.
The UFCW Minority Coalition also held its Summer Board meeting during the CBTU Convention.
Among manyof the ally organizations that participated in the convention were: the Black Women’s Roundtable, Center for Community Change, Working Families, and Emily’s List.