Statement from MTD President Ault following the end of the government shutdown

For Immediate Release: October 17, 2013

Contact:          Ron Ault, President, Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Who:               Portsmouth Naval shipyard employees

What:              Rally and protest against continuing sequestration cuts and other issues affecting federal workers

When:             3pm, October 17, 2013

Where:           Prescott Park (rally) marching to Market Square

Why:               The government shutdown and sequestration cuts threaten the stability of our workforce and their abilities to do their jobs effectively.

Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, President Ron Ault issued the following statement today following end of the government shutdown.

We are happy to see the working men and women we represent return to their various workplaces – the Naval shipyards, nuclear facilities and Department of Defense installations throughout the nation after the end of the shutdown last evening.

The government shutdown was a deeply flawed and irrational attempt by the extreme right wing in Congress to overturn the Affordable Care Act and to force our government to default on its debt. Their intransigence nearly decimated our economy, weakened our national security and hurt millions of working families across our nation. 

And still, the biggest losers in this ongoing battle continue to be our federal workers and contractors, who are still suffering under the draconian sequestration cuts that remain in effect. The extremists continue, because of sequestration, to destroy our government’s ability to do its job.

Our Metal Trades Councils will continue to hold our political leaders accountable for their decisions. That’s why, today Portsmouth Shipyard employees and other affected federal employees will rally to protest the ongoing government cuts.

The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, is a department comprised of multi-union industrial operations in the private and federal sectors, including Naval and private shipyards, nuclear facilities, DOD installations and petrochemical plants.

Sample letters to creditors for furloughed federal employees

OPM has prepared sample letters to creditors, mortgage companies and landlords for use by employees that need to make payment arrangements due to the lapse of appropriations.  Please see attached.  This afternoon, we provided these sample letters to agency chief human capital officers and HR directors to make available to employees.  These letters are also available on OPM’s webpage at:

MTD Annual Conference Hotel Rates Reduced

Hotel room rates for the Annual Metal Trades Department Conference have been drastically reduced.

Rates for Sunday, October 27, 2013 are now $59.00

Rates for Monday, October 28, through Thursday, October 31, 2013 are now $39.00

Don’t worry, if you have already secured you room as long as you used the Department’s hotel reservation code SBMTD3 Bally’s will honor the new hotel room rates listed above.

Registration and payment for the rooms are the individual responsibility of attendees, and room reservations must be received by Bally’s before Saturday, October 6, 2013. The hotel’s reservation Department can be reached by calling (800) 358-8777 and be sure to use the following code SBMTD3 when securing your room reservations. Online room reservations can be made through Bally’s website by using the following link:

Please note that the link above is only for room reservations. You can register for the conference by downloading and faxing or mailing the form linked below.

Questions or problems, contact Lisa Johnson at 202-508-3705.

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