CBTU is recognized as a potent economic and political force within the African American community. One of every five black workers (20%) belongs to a union, and black union members earn 40% more than non-union black workers. In the political arena, CBTU has leveraged the vast resources of unions to mobilize black voters to influence elections and public policy at every level of government.
Currently, there are more than 50 different international and national unions represented in CBTU, with 50 chapters within the US and one in Ontario, Canada. This visibility allows CBTU to maximize the strength and influence of black workers in unions and empowering their communities. Active or retired members of bona fide unions can join CBTU.