The outcome of this year’s national elections could well ride on the political muscle of black workers in unions, says the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU). The elections will be a major focal point for the nearly 1,000 workers who will participate in CBTU’s 45th international convention in Washington May 25 – 30. Speakers this year include D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Randi Weingarten, president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers, Jos Williams, retired president of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO, and Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network. “Labor unions, and specifically millions of black trade unionists, will play a huge role in efforts to mobilize African American voters,” says CBTU, adding that their turnout “could play a decisive role in determining whether the Democrats retain the White House and which political party controls Congress and many statehouses around the country.” To register for the convention or to see a complete schedule of events, visit CBTU's website.