Senior Vice President and COO ULLICO

Senior Vice President and COO ULLICO

Mr. Hale serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Ullico Inc. In this capacity, he works closely with the Ullico senior management and board of directors. He is responsible for a broad range of day-to-day operations of the company. He is intimately involved in business planning and cultivating strategic partnerships for the organization. He serves on the Ullico Infrastructure Fund (UIF) Opportunity Review Committee and on the senior management team for Ullico Inc. Prior to joining Ullico Inc. in June of 2008, Mr. Hale worked for the Laborers’ International Union of North America’s (LIUNA) Tri-Funds for six years. His responsibilities included working with LIUNA and their signatory contractors on a broad range of issues in the construction industry that promoted Labor/Management cooperation. Mr. Hale is a graduate of The University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Finance and he holds his M.B.A. from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. He also holds the Series 7 and 63 designations along with being a licensed producer in Life and Health insurance.

Tentative Agenda

2017 Annual Conference

Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO Annual Conference

Bally’s Hotel/ Las Vegas, Nevada

Tentative Agenda

Monday, October 9th


11:00 am

MTD Charity Golf Tournament

Desert Pines Golf Resort

Tuesday, October 10th

8:00 amDOE Caucus Meeting
10:00 amMTC Meeting
1:00 pm – 5:00 pmRegistrationSkyview Foyer
1:00 pm – 3:30 pmUA Caucus (Invite Only)
8:00 am – 3:00pmIAMAW Caucus (Invite Only)
1:30 pm – 3:30 pmIBEW Caucus (Invite Only)

Wednesday, October 11th

7:30 amRegistrationSkyview Foyer
7:30 am – 9:00 amContinental BreakfastSkyview 2 & 3
9:00 am
9:15 amIntroduction of Head Table & Opening Remarks
10:00 am

Keynote Speaker -- Eric Dean, General President Iron Workers

10:35 pm
10:50 amBreak
11:05 am

Brian Hale, Senior Vice President & COO Ullico Inc.

11:25 amRuss Glittlen, President/Director Guide Dogs of America
11:45 am

Roy Coulombe--Royal Advisors & Consultants LLC

12:00 pmLUNCH (on own)
12:00 pmNAVSEA Lunch (Invite Only)Skyview 1
1:30 pmNAVSEA Speaker
1:50 pmAward Presentation
2:00 pm – 3:00 pmMTD Council Reports
3:00 pmCLOSE
6:00 pm - 9:00 pmReception

Thursday, October 12th

7:30 am - 9:00 amContinental BreakfastSkyview 2&3
9:00 amGeneral Session ConvenesSkyview 5 & 6
9:10 am
9:30 amJ. Michael Snowden, Market President Labor Banking Bank of Labor
9:45 am

Panel Discussion
Hiring Issues – Achieving the 365 Ship Navy

  • NAVSEA Representative
  • Newton Jones, President, IBB
  • Sue Haley, Vigor Industrial LLC
  • Ken DelaCruz, President New London MTC
10:45 amBreak
11:00 am

DOE Panel Discussion 2
Safety & Health Issues

  • Ken Rueter (UCOR)
  • Eric Dean, General President, Iron Workers
  • Dan Stepano, General President, OPCMIA
  • Mike Thompson, President, ATLC
12:00 pmLunch
1:15 pm

Panel Discussion
The future of the Metal Trades (Committee in Formation)

  • Chris Madello, President, Washington Area MTC
  • Roy Coluumb, Royal Advisors & Consultants LLC
  • TBD
  • TBD
2:15 pmMTC Council Reports cont.
2:45 pmAward Presentation
3:00 pmWrap up & feedback of conference

A Labor Day Message from MTD President James Hart

A Labor Day Message from MTD President James Hart

On this Labor Day weekend, I would like to take a moment to remember those men, women and children in Texas who lost their lives in Hurricane Harvey. This terrible storm affected many union members, whether they be workers whose homes were damaged or lost in the storm, or first responders who worked tirelessly to help those in need. Many of our own members faced unimaginable hardships over the past week experiencing the devastation first hand. Please join with me in praying for all the residents of Texas, and if you can, consider donating to the relief fund established by the Texas AFL-CIO.

For many, Labor Day is the last official day of summer vacation. And, many folks don’t even know the origins of Labor Day, but union member do. We know that the men and women who fought fiercely for the rights of workers in the 19th Century, built the labor movement, and forged a path that has given us the opportunities we have today. We know that their sacrifices and bravery gave us the weekend, ensured us a voice on the job, and secured our right to collectively bargain with our employers. So, I encourage you to also take time this weekend to remember those whose hard work and sacrifice brought us our union voices.

The last several years have been rough for the labor movement. We have seen attacks to our wages, benefits and pensions. Calls for national right-to-work, and successful passage of state and local level right-to-work ordinances. With the new Administration, we can only assume that our battle has just begun. We face a GOP majority in charge at the National Labor Relations Board. OSHA, the agency tasked with making sure you are safe at work, no longer cares to record on-the-job injuries and deaths, they would rather cow-tow to corporations. Labor indeed is in a fight for its life. We, like those that came before us, must stand with our union brothers and sisters and redouble our efforts to rebuild and reaffirm our place at the table. Like Texas, the labor movement is strong, and resilient, and will whether its storms of attack, but it is up to you to get involved.

May God bless you all, and have a safe and happy Labor Day.



The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO sent the following letter to Senators Baldwin, Gillibrand, Schumer, Duckworth, Durbin, Klobuchar, Franken, Donnelly, Brown, Casey, Stabenow, and Peters urging them to enact the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (CVIDA).

July 19, 2017

The Honorable Tammy Baldwin
709 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

Dear Senator Baldwin:

There is no issue more critical for the Great Lakes shipping industry today than enactment of the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (CVIDA).  The current patchwork of vessel discharge laws and regulations undermines efforts to protect Great Lakes waterways.  We understand that CVIDA has been incorporated into the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017, S. 1129, and that this legislation could be considered in the U.S. Senate soon.We also understand that you are working diligently to craft CVIDA text that protects the Great Lakes without overwhelming the American shipping industry and the critically important supply chain that it supports.  As you know, the Great Lakes U.S.-flag maritime industry is crucial to the region’s steel production, manufacturing, energy, construction, and agriculture industries and the hundreds of thousands of jobs in those industries.

CVIDA is critical to the U.S.-flag fleet because it recognizes the necessity to treat commercial vessels that stay in the Great Lakes (“lakers”) differently than vessels that enter the Great Lakes from the ocean.  Any provision in CVIDA that potentially eliminates the laker exemption in the future needs to explicitly weigh the economic impacts of such a decision on the industries and employees that depend on the lakers against the most probable (not just any possible) environmental benefits.

We understand that the Lake Carriers’ Association recently forwarded language for your consideration in an effort to respond to concerns raised by environmental groups and state government officials.  This is a good faith effort to work out a compromise.  We urge you in the strongest possible terms to accept this proposal and to enact CVIDA.


James Hart,

Provisions in defense bill would help shipyard workers, vets

From the Kitsap Sun

BREMERTON — The defense budget passed Friday by the U.S. House of Representatives includes help for local shipyard workers and veterans.

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, secured an extension of overtime pay for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard workers who conduct nuclear maintenance on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in Yokosuka, Japan. Payments would continue through Sept. 30, 2019.

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