MTD Urges Oversight & Government Reform Committee to Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Victims of Cyber Security Attacks

The Metal Trades Department has urged Representative Jason Chaffetz, Chair of the Oversight & Government Reform Committee, and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, to introduce, and pass, legislation directing the government to take immediate action regarding the recent cyber-security attack(s). Calling for the committee to protect federal employees, retirees, contractors and their families through bipartisan legislation that includes:

  1. Making credit monitoring permanent for all federal employees, and extend monitoring services to their spouses and children;
  2. Increase the loss coverage from $1 million to $3 million for any adverse consequence of the breach;
  3. Provide loss coverage retroactively for any losses incurred due to security lapses as far back as January, 2013;
  4. Block the use of credit scores as the sole basis for denying or revoking security clearances;
  5. Implement dual-factor authentication for all on-line/phone access to any federal employee databases (especially payroll and TSP) by the end of FY16 (and request emergency appropriations if need be), and;
  6. Direct the formation of a task force made up of the labor leaders (at least all NCR holders), agency heads or their designees, and IT security experts to come up with specific recommendations on how to mitigate any adverse consequences to employees and their agencies, as well as how to prevent future incidents.

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Arnold Air Force Base Metal Trades Council Member Earl Tuck Dies

We lost a dear friend and union activist today. Earl Tuck, IAM&AW member and a 28 year employee at USAF Arnold Air Engineering Command in Tullahoma, Tennessee died early this morning from massive heart attack.
Brother Tuck served the MTC in many positions over his long and distinguished career at Arnold AFB. Our condolences go out to Brother Tuck’s family and friends as well as our entire Metal Trades Council leadership team at Arnold.
A friend, a colleague and an advocate, Earl will be sorely missed by all of us.
Rest in peace my friend,
Ron Ault
President

Portland Metal Trades Council Ratifies New Contract at Cascade General

The Portland Metal Trades Council (PMTC) ratified a new two-year agreement May 28, 2015, with Cascade General. The vote was 74-41. This was the third contract vote for the 184 workers represented by the PMTC, a coalition of 10 craft unions at the shipyard on Swan Island. The previous contract expired on November 30, 2014.

The new two-year agreement expires Nov. 30, 2016. The contract adds $1.40 per hour to the overall package the first year, and $1.25 per hour the second year.

Workers can choose their preferred medical plan—either a 90-10 deductible plan through Regence Blue Cross or the current Kaiser Permanente plan, or an 80-20 deductible plan with Regence. Workers who choose the 80-20 plan will get a $1.02 an hour increase on their check. Those choosing the 90-10 plan will see a 20-cent per our wage increase.

Workers will also receive a one-time lump sum payment of $300 on December 1, 2015 to offset the cost of health insurance. Workers must log a minimum of 80 hours in a month to qualify for the medical plan.

June 3rd Call-In Day to De-Rail Fast Track!

From our friends at the IBB:

Ways & Means Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) is pushing to bring Fast Track legislation for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to a vote in the House. Please call your representative on Wednesday, June 3rd, at 888-804-8311 and urge them to vote NO on Fast Track.

Representative Ryan’s Fast Track bill has already passed in the Senate, and if approved by the House, would allow secretive trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to be rushed through Congress, with devastating consequences for jobs and wages for America’s working families.

As written, the TPP would force working Americans to compete with horribly-abused sweatshop workers overseas in countries like Vietnam, where the minimum wage is less than 60 cents an hour, and in Malaysia, where up to a third of workers in the countries export-oriented electronics industry are forced laborers — a euphemism for modern-day slaves.

Granting a Fast Track rubber-stamp for the TPP would accelerate a global race to the bottom in wages and working conditions that nobody wins — except, of course, for big, transnational corporations that are eager to exploit labor abuses abroad to pad their obscene profits.

We need our elected officials looking out for us, not corporate elites. TAKE ACTION ON JUNE 3rd: please call your Congressperson at 888-804-8311 and urge them to vote NO on Fast Track.

The good news is that, together, we can win this fight. Literally thousands of organizations — representing the environmental, family farm, civil rights, consumer, Internet freedom, student and other movements — have united with labor in saying NO to Fast Track. We need your voice, too.

This really is the time for action. Fast Track proponents are trying to move quickly.