Rhode Island Metal Trades Council Chartered

On April 18, 2016 MTD President Ron Ault presented the newly formed Rhode Island Metal Trades Council delegation with their official Charter from the Department. In attendance were President Ault, Michael Sabitoni/LIUNA, Roy Coulombe/Ironworkers, Justin Kelley/IUPAT, Michael Daley/IBEW, Tim Byrne/UA and Scott Duhamel/IUPAT.

AFL-CIO Statement on Final Fiduciary Rule

Long Overdue DOL Rule Will Protect Retirement Investors

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on final fiduciary ruling:

We applaud the Department of Labor for getting the fiduciary rule over the finish line after a long and thorough rule-making process that took into account a multitude of stakeholders’ interests. While politicians on both sides of the aisle acknowledge our retirement income crisis, very few are willing to do anything meaningful about it. With this rule, the Labor Department is putting a stop to business as usual. This means putting an end to the siphoning off of hard-earned retirement funds by salespeople masquerading as objective investment professionals.

We know that financial industry opponents of the rule will continue their efforts to prevent it from being enacted. The AFL-CIO will be watching to see how members of Congress respond to their entreaties. This rule is critical to promoting retirement security for working men and women. It means we will have more of our hard earned funds available for a secure and dignified retirement.

With the fiduciary rule finalized, the AFL-CIO urges the Administration to finish its work on the overtime rule that will bring working people closer to earning their rightfully earned overtime pay.

Stewards Training at Portsmouth

Stewards Training at Portsmouth

20160329 MTC Training Class-01

The Metal Trades Department conducted Steward training on March 24th & 25th at the Portsmouth MTC. Topics covered included steward responsibilities, grievance preparation and handling, had a hands-on contract exercise for stewards with follow-up on CBA fundamentals, Metal Trades Department policies and brief history, some union history, introduced and explained the MTD internal organizing program, basic organizing, how to talk to workers one-on-one, did role play for new worker organizing, provided tools for stewards to explain what it means to be union with handouts, provided an introduction to speaking in preparation for them to be successful in the actual role play done in the classroom, and leadership training.