By Lester Muata Greene

As we commemorate African American history month, let’s look at Black workers labor union organizing.In 1838 Black workers organized the Caulkers Association in Baltimore, Maryland.

In 1925 A.Philip Randolph helped found the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first prominent Black union to receive a charter in the American Federation of Labor. Randolph played a key role in organizing the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with Martin Luther King Jr.During this period the bonds between major labor and civil rights were fused.

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists was formed in 1972 and its focus was promoting the improvement of the quality of life for members, their families and communities, since its inception it has been involved in
voter registration and voter education, improved economic development , employment opportunities for minorities and poor workers and support for civil rights.

Next month for Women’s History month, I will be giving information on women’s rights and labor.