We are the Metal Trades
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.”
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.
Free College Benefits
The Metal Trades Free College Benefit makes it possible for you and your family members to earn
an associate degree completely online – for FREE.
THE UNIONS OF
THE METAL TRADES
Where we are
815 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
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