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The Passing of CBTU Founding Member William “Bill” Simons III

Another pillar of CBTU has passed away. Bill Simons, beloved and revered and one of the founding members of CBTU, died peacefully Wednesday, December 7th, in Atlanta, where he lived with his daughter. At this time, no details are available about funeral arrangements or where to send condolences to his family. As soon as such information is confirmed, we will share it with Brother Simons’s CBTU family and friends.

To say William H. Simons III is a legend shortchanges his immense influence on CBTU, the DC labor labor movement and public education in the District of Columbia. Bill was always at the center of effforts to empower workers and advance racial equality. He joined William (Bill) Lucy, Charles A. Hayes, Cleve Robinson and Nelson Jack Edwards in calling for the historic gathering of black trade unionists in 1972 that launched the Coalition of BlackTrade Unionists and thereby ensured African Americans would have their own independent voice heard inside the labor movement.

Brother Simons was a key architect of CBTU’s policy and parliamentary framework, and he served as CBTU’s first national secretary. He also was elected the first president of the Washington Teachers’ Union. He held the position for 25 years, leading two teacher strikes and negotiating landmark contracts.

Brother Simons took great pride in having his life and career chronicled in Christine Easterling’s definitive biography entitled, “A Giant for Justice: Inspirational Biography of William H. Simons III.” Even after turning 90 years old, Brother Simons still attended CBTU’s annual convention in 2015 (Atlanta).

Bill Simons’ effervescent smile, robust laugh and deep humility will be sorely missed by those of us who were touched by his presence and his wisdom.

He was 92 years old. His death leaves CBTU President Emeritus William “Bill” Lucy as the last living founding member.

We send our deepest condolences to the Simons family and offer CBTU’s help in any way possible during

Upcoming Events

Dec
6
Sun
Membership Meeting
Dec 6 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This is our regular schedule monthly membership meeting for all members

January 24, 2018

To All CBTU Members,
Greetings and Happy Black History Month

I would like to thank all of the members for their participation in the 40th Annual
Dr. Martin Luther King Human Rights Awards Banquet. We had 400 unionists and
community members in attendance and we are looking forward to the 41st anniversary in 2019.

The St. Louis Chapter CBTU membership meeting will be held at 5585 Pershing, Sunday, February 4th at 2:30 pm.

Be sure to renew your 2018 Chapter membership. The 47th International Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists will be held in Orlando, Florida from Wednesday, May 23th to May 28th. Dues must be paid by April 23 to register as a Delegate. So please renew now!

Registration can take place online at CBTU.org, early registration (received by April 6) Delegate/Guest $300, Retiree/Guest $195. Late registration $325 Delegate/Guest, $220 Retiree/Guest.

February is Black History Month and in honor of African Americans rich history in labor and our valuable contributions to the United States, we will pay a 5 minute tribute to the founding fathers of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

Thousands of women marched on Washington DC, St. Louis and cities throughout the country and world. Women are standing up and fighting back. We applaud all the women and St Louis CBTU members who participate in the marches. Women, exercising their First Amendment rights and vowing to challenge the Right-wing Republicans, in the 2018 elections.

“The First Amendment prohibits Congress from obstructing the exercise of certain individual freedoms: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and right to petition. The amendment guarantees an individual’s right to express opinions and views. It also guarantees an individual’s right to physically gather with a group of people to picket or protest; or associate with others in groups for economic, political or religious purposes.”
The United States Constitution, Wikipedia source.

Jan
3
Sun
Membership Meeting
Jan 3 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This is our regular schedule monthly membership meeting for all members

January 24, 2018

To All CBTU Members,
Greetings and Happy Black History Month

I would like to thank all of the members for their participation in the 40th Annual
Dr. Martin Luther King Human Rights Awards Banquet. We had 400 unionists and
community members in attendance and we are looking forward to the 41st anniversary in 2019.

The St. Louis Chapter CBTU membership meeting will be held at 5585 Pershing, Sunday, February 4th at 2:30 pm.

Be sure to renew your 2018 Chapter membership. The 47th International Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists will be held in Orlando, Florida from Wednesday, May 23th to May 28th. Dues must be paid by April 23 to register as a Delegate. So please renew now!

Registration can take place online at CBTU.org, early registration (received by April 6) Delegate/Guest $300, Retiree/Guest $195. Late registration $325 Delegate/Guest, $220 Retiree/Guest.

February is Black History Month and in honor of African Americans rich history in labor and our valuable contributions to the United States, we will pay a 5 minute tribute to the founding fathers of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

Thousands of women marched on Washington DC, St. Louis and cities throughout the country and world. Women are standing up and fighting back. We applaud all the women and St Louis CBTU members who participate in the marches. Women, exercising their First Amendment rights and vowing to challenge the Right-wing Republicans, in the 2018 elections.

“The First Amendment prohibits Congress from obstructing the exercise of certain individual freedoms: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and right to petition. The amendment guarantees an individual’s right to express opinions and views. It also guarantees an individual’s right to physically gather with a group of people to picket or protest; or associate with others in groups for economic, political or religious purposes.”
The United States Constitution, Wikipedia source.

Feb
7
Sun
Membership Meeting
Feb 7 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This is our regular schedule monthly membership meeting for all members

January 24, 2018

To All CBTU Members,
Greetings and Happy Black History Month

I would like to thank all of the members for their participation in the 40th Annual
Dr. Martin Luther King Human Rights Awards Banquet. We had 400 unionists and
community members in attendance and we are looking forward to the 41st anniversary in 2019.

The St. Louis Chapter CBTU membership meeting will be held at 5585 Pershing, Sunday, February 4th at 2:30 pm.

Be sure to renew your 2018 Chapter membership. The 47th International Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists will be held in Orlando, Florida from Wednesday, May 23th to May 28th. Dues must be paid by April 23 to register as a Delegate. So please renew now!

Registration can take place online at CBTU.org, early registration (received by April 6) Delegate/Guest $300, Retiree/Guest $195. Late registration $325 Delegate/Guest, $220 Retiree/Guest.

February is Black History Month and in honor of African Americans rich history in labor and our valuable contributions to the United States, we will pay a 5 minute tribute to the founding fathers of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

Thousands of women marched on Washington DC, St. Louis and cities throughout the country and world. Women are standing up and fighting back. We applaud all the women and St Louis CBTU members who participate in the marches. Women, exercising their First Amendment rights and vowing to challenge the Right-wing Republicans, in the 2018 elections.

“The First Amendment prohibits Congress from obstructing the exercise of certain individual freedoms: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and right to petition. The amendment guarantees an individual’s right to express opinions and views. It also guarantees an individual’s right to physically gather with a group of people to picket or protest; or associate with others in groups for economic, political or religious purposes.”
The United States Constitution, Wikipedia source.

Mar
7
Sun
Membership Meeting
Mar 7 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This is our regular schedule monthly membership meeting for all members

January 24, 2018

To All CBTU Members,
Greetings and Happy Black History Month

I would like to thank all of the members for their participation in the 40th Annual
Dr. Martin Luther King Human Rights Awards Banquet. We had 400 unionists and
community members in attendance and we are looking forward to the 41st anniversary in 2019.

The St. Louis Chapter CBTU membership meeting will be held at 5585 Pershing, Sunday, February 4th at 2:30 pm.

Be sure to renew your 2018 Chapter membership. The 47th International Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists will be held in Orlando, Florida from Wednesday, May 23th to May 28th. Dues must be paid by April 23 to register as a Delegate. So please renew now!

Registration can take place online at CBTU.org, early registration (received by April 6) Delegate/Guest $300, Retiree/Guest $195. Late registration $325 Delegate/Guest, $220 Retiree/Guest.

February is Black History Month and in honor of African Americans rich history in labor and our valuable contributions to the United States, we will pay a 5 minute tribute to the founding fathers of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

Thousands of women marched on Washington DC, St. Louis and cities throughout the country and world. Women are standing up and fighting back. We applaud all the women and St Louis CBTU members who participate in the marches. Women, exercising their First Amendment rights and vowing to challenge the Right-wing Republicans, in the 2018 elections.

“The First Amendment prohibits Congress from obstructing the exercise of certain individual freedoms: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and right to petition. The amendment guarantees an individual’s right to express opinions and views. It also guarantees an individual’s right to physically gather with a group of people to picket or protest; or associate with others in groups for economic, political or religious purposes.”
The United States Constitution, Wikipedia source.

Apr
4
Sun
Membership Meeting
Apr 4 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This is our regular schedule monthly membership meeting for all members

January 24, 2018

To All CBTU Members,
Greetings and Happy Black History Month

I would like to thank all of the members for their participation in the 40th Annual
Dr. Martin Luther King Human Rights Awards Banquet. We had 400 unionists and
community members in attendance and we are looking forward to the 41st anniversary in 2019.

The St. Louis Chapter CBTU membership meeting will be held at 5585 Pershing, Sunday, February 4th at 2:30 pm.

Be sure to renew your 2018 Chapter membership. The 47th International Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists will be held in Orlando, Florida from Wednesday, May 23th to May 28th. Dues must be paid by April 23 to register as a Delegate. So please renew now!

Registration can take place online at CBTU.org, early registration (received by April 6) Delegate/Guest $300, Retiree/Guest $195. Late registration $325 Delegate/Guest, $220 Retiree/Guest.

February is Black History Month and in honor of African Americans rich history in labor and our valuable contributions to the United States, we will pay a 5 minute tribute to the founding fathers of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

Thousands of women marched on Washington DC, St. Louis and cities throughout the country and world. Women are standing up and fighting back. We applaud all the women and St Louis CBTU members who participate in the marches. Women, exercising their First Amendment rights and vowing to challenge the Right-wing Republicans, in the 2018 elections.

“The First Amendment prohibits Congress from obstructing the exercise of certain individual freedoms: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and right to petition. The amendment guarantees an individual’s right to express opinions and views. It also guarantees an individual’s right to physically gather with a group of people to picket or protest; or associate with others in groups for economic, political or religious purposes.”
The United States Constitution, Wikipedia source.

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