The Metal Trades

Serving America's Working Families Since 1908

The Metal Trades Department

The Metal Trades Department is a trade department of the AFL-CIO. It was chartered in 1908 to coordinate negotiating, organizing and legislative efforts of affiliated metalworking and related crafts and trade unions. Seventeen national and international unions are affiliated with the MTD today. More than 100,000 workers in private industry and federal establishments work under contracts negotiated by MTD Councils. Workers retain membership in their own trade unions.


As a chartered Department of the AFL-CIO, the MTD operates under its own constitution and by-laws within the laws of the AFL-CIO.


MTD activities are financed by a monthly per capita tax paid by the international unions on that portion of their membership employed in the metal trades.


The MTD convention is the supreme governing body. It meets every five years. Delegates representing international unions and MTD Councils review and develop programs, modernize the constitution, elect officers and fix policy for the MTD and its Councils.


The MTD is administered by a president assisted by a full-time staff. The President and eleven vice presidents are elected from the affiliated international unions by convention for four-year terms. The officers form the MTD Executive Council, which meets as needed to carry out convention programs and formulate and carry out department policies.


Disputes between affiliated unions are resolved through jurisdictional policy and precedures of the MTD.

Where We Work

Metal Trades Councils represent workers in the federal sector, private sector and atomic trades.

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