HAMMER Training Restarts After COVID-19 Shutdown

HAMMER Training Restarts After COVID-19 Shutdown

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“HAMMER is the most important labor-management partnerships in this country. It successfully brings together diverse groups to solve and debate the important education, health and safety issues of the day. HAMMER should not be unique to Hanford but shared throughout the DOE Complex and become the signature model for tripartite relations throughout North America”

HAMMER Training Restarts After COVID-19 Shutdown

On May 28, 2020, the HAMMER Federal Training Center located on the Hanford Site in Richland, Washington successfully reopened its doors and restarted instructor-led, hands-on training for the workforce. Training had been put on hold in March when the Department of Energy closed the site to all but essential mission-critical operations personnel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Planning for HAMMER’s restart with the shifting COVID-19 landscape required the establishment of new processes including safety procedures and training methods. The HAMMER Worker Trainers, members of HAMTC or CWB&CTC who teach part time, would be key to the successful reopening of training starting with Respiratory Protection, HAZWOPER, and Beryllium courses.

COVID-19 safety and health considerations and ways to mitigate the hazards were a huge challenge. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with OSHA, Washington State, and Hanford Site guidance were constantly modified as the pandemic progressed. There were many who doubted a safe reopening of HAMMER would be possible. Many of the Worker Trainers stepped forward and accepted the challenge to reopen and teach classes. Some were not able to participate due to concerns for family and personal health.

Hanford workers face many hazards in their daily work including chemical, radiological, heat/cold stress, just to name a few. They understand what needs to be done to mitigate hazards both in general and specifically. COVID-19 hazards would require a deeper look at all activities involved in training and working at HAMMER in order to keep personnel safe. The Worker Trainers stepped up and took ownership of what would need to be done to reopen their classes.

HAMMER Training Restarts After COVID-19 Shutdown (pdf)

 

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VOTE 2020—Where the Candidates Stand on Labor

VOTE 2020—Where the Candidates Stand on Labor

METAL TRADES
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Biden vs Trump

Where the Candidates Stand on Labor

“It’s up to you to compare the records and decide which candidate in the race is truly committed to America’s Working Families … Your Vote Counts. Use It!”

— Jimmy Hart, Metal Trades Department President

Joe Biden

Donald Trump

 

“Unions did in fact build the middle class. And here’s what that did. That built the United States of America as we know it.”

Joe Biden

 

“We’ve had great support from [union] workers, the people that work, the real workers, but I love the right to work. I like it better because it is lower. I like it because it gives great flexibility to the people. It gives great flexibility to the companies.”

Donald Trump

Biden: Workers’ Rights

Strengthening Workers’ Rights. Biden will defend our right to organize, crack down on companies bargaining in bad faith, and make it easier for working people to come together and form unions. (Politico, 10/25/19)

 

Biden pledged to enact the Pro Act, a bill to strengthen labor laws, hold executives “personally liable” for interfering in workers’ attempts to unionize and roll back legislation weakening unions to “guarantee all workers have a right to collectively bargain.” (Forbes, 09/07/2020)

Trump: Workers’ Rights

Weakening Workers’ Rights. Trump has pushed to curtail the bargaining rights of public workers and his administration has made it harder for working people to come together to form unions. (The Washington Post, 8/30/17)

Trump’s National Labor Relations Board has also moved to weaken unions and undercut workers’ ability to band together. By making it harder to define companies like McDonald’s as joint employers, the NLRB has made it far more difficult for workers employed by subcontractors and franchised companies to unionize. (The American Prospect, 8/30/19)

Biden: Apprenticeships

Investing in the Registered Apprenticeship Program. Biden will invest $50 billion in workforce training to expand opportunities for young people and will work with unions to increase apprenticeships. (Candidate website, 8/20/20)

Trump: Apprenticeships

Weakened Apprenticeship Programs. The Trump administration has moved to undercut long-established union apprentice programs, weakening standards and allowing subpar programs to self-certify. (Inside Higher Ed., 1/22/19)

Biden: Right to Work Laws

Ending Right to Work Laws. Biden will work to repeal states’ ability to impose “right to work” laws on their workers, so CEOs no longer will be able to push these laws that weaken unions and lower worker pay. (Politico, 10/25/19)

Trump: Right to Work Laws

Defending Right to Work Laws. The Trump administration has defended right to work laws that lead to lower pay and benefits for working people and higher pay for corporate CEOs. (The Washington Post, 8/30/17)

Biden: Retirement Security

Protecting our Retirement. Biden will defend our hard-earned negotiated pensions and will work to protect multiemployer plans. He fully supports Social Security and Medicare. (CNBC, 7/29/19)

Trump: Retirement Security

Putting Retirement Security at Risk. Trump has put Medicare and Social Security at risk by proposing billions of dollars in cuts. And under his watch, a looming crisis in multiemployer pensions has gotten even worse. (Vox, 3/12/19)

Biden: Health Care

Expanding Access to Health Care. Biden will protect health care access for American with preexisting conditions and work to lower the costs of health care and prescription drugs for working families. (Candidate website, 8/20/20)

Trump: Health Care

Made Health Care Less Accessible. Trump’s war on health care has made it much harder for working people to access quality, affordable insurance. Seven million more Americans are now uninsured than when he took office. (Gallup, 1/23/19)

Biden: Infrastructure

Investing in America’s Infrastructure. Biden will invest in rebuilding our infrastructure—roads and bridges, energy grids, schools and universal broadband—creating good-paying union jobs. (Candidate website, 8/20/20)

Trump: Infrastructure

Passed Massive Tax Giveaway Instead of Infrastructure Funding. Trump rammed through a massive tax giveaway to big corporations and their CEOs while doing nothing to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. (The Washington Post, 12/19/17)

Biden: Public Employees

Defending Public Employees. Biden will establish a federal right to organize and collectively bargain for all public sector employees. And he will provide much-needed aid to state and local governments. (Candidate website, 8/20/20)

Trump: Public Employees

Attacking Public Employees. Trump has stripped thousands of federal workers of previously negotiated rights and protections. His Supreme Court appointee cast the deciding vote to impose “right to work” on all public employees. (Government Executive, 3/28/18)

Biden: Raising Wages

Paying Working People a Living Wage. Biden supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and ending the tipped minimum wage, so that one full-time job is enough to live on. (Candidate website, 8/20/20)

Trump: Raising Wages

Opposed a Higher Minimum Wage. Trump has blocked any increase in the federal minimum wage, which remains $7.25 an hour. And he stopped a rule change to pay more workers their earned overtime pay. (The Hill, 11/1/18; CBS News, 9/24/19). Trump has publicly said that US wages are “too high.” (CNN, 11/12/15)

Biden: Buy American

Calls for $700 Billion ‘Buy American’ Campaign. Biden outlined plans to boost manufacturing by toughening “Buy American” provisions for federal contracts. He proposed a new tax penalty for companies that “offshore jobs” but a new tax incentive for those that invest in domestic facilities. In 2009 during the height of the Great Recession, Biden helped craft the auto industry bailout that save thousands of U.S. jobs. (Candidate Campaign Rally, 9/3/2020)

 

Trump: Buy American

Trump promised to make more products in the USA and boost American manufacturing, but he failed. Instead, manufacturing fell into a recession, Trump incentivized offshoring, and his “Buy American” agenda made no meaningful difference.

Despite his promises, companies moved jobs overseas during Trump’s presidency. In Trump’s first year alone, nearly 200,000 jobs moved overseas. (The Guardian, 7/10/2019)

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Coalition Chronicle Spotlights Hart in Member Update

Coalition Chronicle Spotlights Hart in Member Update

The Coalition Chronicle — a report to the national industrial base workforce coalition — spotlighted Metal Trades President James Hart in its September edition. In the article, the newsletter highlighted President Hart’s recent presentation to the Defense Science Board discussing the labor perspective on the issue of industrial capability needed to meet current and future national security threats faced by the US.

Read the full article in the attached pdf.

Coalition Chronicle September 2020

 

 

Metal Trades Patriots to Overhaul US Naval Hospital Ship Mercy

Metal Trades Patriots to Overhaul US Naval Hospital Ship Mercy

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Metal Trades Patriots to Overhaul US Naval Hospital Ship Mercy

 Metal Trades workers at Vigor Marine in Portland will perform a complete overhaul on the USNS Ship Mercy

 

In June, Vigor Marine was awarded a $56,450,644 firm-fixed price contract to overhaul and dry dock the hospital ship U.S. Naval USNS Ship Mercy.

The work will be performed at the Portland shipyard and is expected to be completed in August 2021.

Philly Shipyard Awaits Defense Budget Approval Awarding Two New Hospital Ship Contracts to the Yard

On the brink of collapse just one year ago, the Philly Shipyard was awarded a contract for the construction of up to five (5) National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMV) from TOTE Services, LLC.

In addition to its NSMV contract, Philly Shipyard anticipates an award to build two Towing, Salvage, and Rescue Ships (T-ATS) should the DoD FY21 Budget be approved in Congress.

See page 95 of the United States Department of Defense FY 21 Budget Request

 

Single Point of Contact Model Making a Difference at Vigor

Benjamin Heurung, MTD West Coast General Rep.

The Single Point of Contact model of representation is a negotiated and vital component to the administration of the Metal Trades Department Master Agreement that serves multi craft Metal Trades Councils within Vigor Industrial LLC. It serves as the conduit that unites multiple Vigor Industrial  collective bargaining agreements that exist between the company and the Puget Sound and Portland Metal Trades Councils.

As the West Coast General Representative, I presently serve as the current Single Point of Contact between the employer, local councils and affiliated local unions. It is my goal to fully define the role through the prioritization of establishing a clear line of communication that ensures a free and concise flow of information between bargaining unit partners. This collectively bargained representative position ensures that the employer provide the council and its local affiliates with timely, accurate records of their members and all pertinent information necessary to conduct and coordinate every aspect of representation and effective labor relations. Included but not limited to this task of the Single Point of Contact is the facilitation of negotiations, grievances, arbitrations and the weekly data necessary for the council and its affiliates to monitor and plan its representational activities. Those activities include the recording of new hires, sub-contractors, terminations, layoffs, personal information changes, leave of absences, wage changes, promotions and on call lists. The Single Point of Contact is responsible for certifying with the company that all locals working within the jurisdiction of the two councils, receive their dues and trust payments in a timely fashion along with audited reports and accurate membership / bargaining unit employee counts.

In its role as a quasi-ombudsman between labor and management, the Single Point of Contact is a viable vehicle that provides stewards, local council representatives and management with an unfettered and bureaucracy free bridge to one another, enabling and promoting effective labor and management relations through communications.

As the the Single Point of Contact representation model and its sphere of influence evolves throughout the Metal Trades universe, the department looks forward to its local councils fostering strong and productive relationships with our industry partners, working together to efficiently advance joint efforts that positively and productively affect the performance of all company employees from metal trades members on the deck plate to the company administrative personnel in the office. #MTDProud

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MTD Salutes Retiring HFIAW President McCourt; Lauds IBEW’s Appointment of Cooper as IVP

MTD Salutes Retiring HFIAW President McCourt; Lauds IBEW’s Appointment of Cooper as IVP

John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” At the Metal Trades Department, we have been extremely lucky to have so many great leaders at all levels from our local affiliated unions and councils to our international affiliates. I am proud to have worked with, and learned from, so many great labor advocates. I salute their service to America’s working families. — James Hart, Metal Trades Department President

When Supply Lagged, NAVSEA Metal Trades Shipyard Workers Stepped Up to Make Half-a-Million Masks for First Responders, Peers

When Supply Lagged, NAVSEA Metal Trades Shipyard Workers Stepped Up to Make Half-a-Million Masks for First Responders, Peers

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed a number of areas in which our nation is simply not prepared. Nowhere has this been more visible than in the workplace, where far too many men and women have been asked to do their jobs without the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Resources Available to Affected Member in the Pacific Northwest & California

Dozens of historic deadly wildfires continue to consume millions of acres in the west, especially in California, Oregon and Washington where in some cases entire towns have been destroyed and tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes.

Most evacuees have had to leave quickly with little advance notice, taking what few belongings they could. Thousands of homes and businesses have been incinerated. Weather conditions are improving, but the fire danger isn’t over. Wildfires are also burning in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

The Metal Trades Department has compiled a list of resources for our members and employment partners. If you need additional assistance, contact your MTD General Representative.

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