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Serving America’s metal trades workers for more than a century
Metal Trades Mobile
The mobile source for up-to-date news and information from the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO. This app contains news feeds and information of interest to union members. It links to our social media pages and our photos. Keeps you apprised of upcoming events and allows our users to identify and contact their members of Congress. We will also alert you to breaking news and important information when you allow “push notifications.”
- ICYMI: Rep. Courtney Applauds Ratification of New Labor Contract Between Electric Boat and the Metal Trades Council on House Floor 11/10/2023WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Rep. Joe Courtney spoke on the House Floor applauding the recent ratification of the five-year labor contract between General Dynamics Electric Boat and the Metal Trades Council. Union Members of the Metal Trades Council approved the contract by more than a 2-1 to vote. Click here to watch “Ratification of this robust contract is a five-year ironclad guarantee of economic security for the Electric Boat metal trades workforce, which they richly deserve. It also sends a powerful message to the Navy and Congress, who fund their work, that the Groton waterfront is in for the long haul as our nation grows its undersea fleet, a decades-long enterprise. Kudos to Peter Baker and the Metal Trades Council team, and Shawn Coyne from Electric Boat Human Resources who spent months hammering out the many details of this historic contract,” said U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02). The MTC represents more than 3,400 employees in the skilled trades at the company’s Groton shipyard which includes welders, electricians, machinists, pipefitters, laborers, painters, transportation services and administrative support. The agreement provides for significant increases in compensation and benefits, including: General wage increases for all MTC members totaling 21.4% over the term of the contract. Retention and sign on bonuses with the opportunity to earn up to $6,000. A one-time, $2,500 contribution to the employee’s 401k retirement savings account. Continuation of a comprehensive, competitive medical plan with modest premium and deductible increases. Increases to vacation days and paid sick time for most members. [...]
- President Hart Announces Retirement11/01/2023In a letter to the MTD Executive Council, affiliated International Union Presidents, Metal Trades Council Presidents, and staff, Metal Trades Department President James Hart announced his retirement. See the full statement below or download the pdf. 11-1-23 MTD Hart Retirement Letter File size: 323.09 KB Created: November 1, 2023 Updated: November 1, 2023 Hits: 134 Download Preview 11-1-23 MTD Hart Retirement Letter File size: 323.09 KB Created: November 1, 2023 Updated: November 1, 2023 Hits: 134 Download Preview . [...]
- MTD Mourns USW International President Conway10/03/2023“Although his tenure as International President of the United Steelworkers was short, Tom Conway’s impact on the lives of his members was immeasurable,” said MTD President James Hart. “The Department sends its deepest condolences to his family and friends.” Conway was elected as the union’s president in 2019. He was known for his quick wit, formidable bargaining skills and unwavering devotion to workers and their families. “His tenacity and passion for the labor movement will be greatly missed,” said Hart. McCall to Succeed Conway On September 26, the United Steelworkers (USW) International Executive Board appointed David McCall to fulfill the remainder of Tom Conway’s term as International President. “We are all mourning a great loss,” McCall said, “but even in our sadness, our union is strong, thanks in large part to Tom’s leadership and vision. Now, we’ll move forward the only way we can: together. Together, we’ll honor Tom’s legacy, as together, we fight for justice and fairness for working families.” “On behalf of the Metal Trades Department members, officers and staff, we welcome President McCall and look forward to working with him on behalf of our Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers MTC affiliates,” said Hart. “While the circumstances surrounding his rise to the office of the President are sad, we know that he will carry President Conway’s legacy with him as he continues to fight for working families.” [...]
Metal Trades Department Announces Partnership with Employee Benefit Systems Union College Benefit Program
The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO (MTD), is proud to announce its partnership with Employee Benefit Systems Union College Benefit (EBS) program to offer our Metal Trades Council members college tuition discounts on more than 50 programs.
“We are delighted to offer this union benefit to our members and their families that wish to pursue higher education,” said Jimmy Hart, MTD President. “This unique opportunity offers our union families a chance to follow their dreams for personal or professional advancement by helping them secure affordable tuition at a network of colleges and universities. The EBS Union College Benefit is also a great resource for veterans interested in fully online programs.”
Union members and their families can earn a certificate, associate, bachelors’, or masters’ degree while attending school part-time or full-time. EBS has a network of colleges and universities offering programs in a myriad of studies.
Programs include business administration, criminal justice, human resources management, organizational leadership and management, and more.
The EBS Union College Benefit is part of the EBS family of benefits. The benefit is powered by through EDUTrust Network, a system of carefully selected colleges and universities. The program has been crafted for adult students and offers more than 50 online programs. Upon enrollment, all students will receive a personal admissions experience with a college or university admissions counselor, career counseling, financial aid counseling, and more. Veterans interested in utilizing the program will work with the dedicated Veteran Team at the college or university to ensure that they select a program at which they can use Veteran benefits.
For more information or to begin your journey, visit www.EBSunioncollegebenefit.org/MTD.
We are a coalition of 17 National and International Labor Unions
We work in Private and Public Shipyards in the U.S. and Canada
Metal Trades workers and their skills are displayed each day in government and private shipyards throughout the United States and Canada. Metal Trades members can be found building ferries or repairing Coast Guard ice breakers in Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Seattle, WA or Portland, OR,. Metal Trades workers are busy building the latest class of Navy warships in the Gulf Coast region of the United States, new submarines in Groton, CT. or double hulled tankers in Philadelphia, PA. In fact, this patriotic workforce may be found working anywhere, at any time, around the world performing and fulfilling their duty whenever their skills are required by either the United States Navy or the Fleet of the Canadian Royal Navy.
We work in our nation's nuclear facilities and petrochemical plants
Metal Trades workers are an essential part of a specialized team of professionals that produce and maintain the systems and processes needed to develop, build, dismantle, inspect, maintain and cleanup America’s nuclear arsenal. They work at Department of Energy sites around the country including Hanford, Pantex, Lawerence Livermore National Laboratory, Y-12, Fernald, and other DOE owned nuclear facilities.
In addition to shipbuilding and repair, Metal Trades workers fabricate and repair aircraft, vehicles, weapons systems, and other equipment in federal facilities and Department of Defense (DoD) facilities across the country. Metal Trades workers make up a large part of DoD’s more than 700,000-person workforce.
Heavy Manufacturing and Other Trades
Many of the members of the Metal Trades work at government installations, from the National Bureau of Standards to the National Institutes of Health to military sites and dockyards with the Navy and Coast Guard. They also perform utility work for both private and public industries.
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