Shutdown Averted, for Now…

With just hours to spare, the House and Senate passed a bipartisan bill to avert a government shutdown on Saturday night.

The Continuing Resolution keeps the federal government open through mid-November, allowing just 45 days for Republican-led House of Representatives members to draft a spending bill they can all agree on. Pundits agree that this stopgap measure does not mean there won’t be a shutdown in November.

“The Metal Trades Department and its affiliates salute the bipartisan action taken this past Saturday by the US House and Senate to prevent a government shutdown. However, workers can no longer be subject to the anxiety and uncertainty foisted upon them as a result of federal elected officials refusing to prioritize and address the needs of the working families they serve,” said MTD President Jimmy Hart.

“Congress must use the next 40 or so days to do the work of the American people and pass a budget that addresses the needs of working families. Congress Needs To Get To Work!”

The MTD urges all Federal Metal Trades Council members to continue to monitor the progress of negotiations and stand ready to contact Congress.

“Your advocacy helped avert the shutdown, but we cannot rest on our laurels. There is too much at stake.”

Hot Union Summer: Metal Trades Councils Negotiate More Record Setting Contracts

New London MTC Has Tentative Agreement at EB; Negotiators Say, ‘Best Compensation Package in More than Three Decades’

“Metal Trades skilled negotiators are delivering the contracts that America’s working families deserve,” exclaims MTD President Jimmy Hart.

The Metal Trades Council of New London County has successfully negotiated the largest wage compensation package in over 30 years with Electric Boat. The tentative agreement includes a $6,000 retention bonus for current MTC-represented employees and hourly wage increases of approximately 23 percent over the course of the five-year contract. Additional highlights of the contract include vacation percentage expansion for employees with 10 or more years of service, a $2,500 one-time contribution to employees’ 401k, increased pension benefits for eligible employees, enhanced insurance benefits, and new advancement opportunities for STO, Maintenance, and Inspection employees.

Members will vote on the agreement on Friday, October 6.

Electric Boat is a General Dynamics subsidiary located in Connecticut. It has been the primary builder of submarines for the U.S. Navy for more than 100 years.

Sandia Agreement Nets Substantial 23 Percent Wage Increases Over Three Years

At the Atomic Projects and Production Workers Metal Trades Council in Albuquerque, NM, the negotiating committee has reached an agreement with the contractor, National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS), a subsidiary of Honeywell. The three-year agreement provides a 17 percent increase for all MTC-represented employees in year one and three percent wage increases in years two and three. The agreement also includes a $1,500 ratification bonus and benefit enhancements.

HAMTC Ratifies Outstanding Five-Year Agreement at Battelle

Members at the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council (HAMTC) at Pacific National Labs, Battelle, ratified an outstanding five-year collective bargaining agreement this week. The agreement includes 22 percent wage increases over the life of the contract and a $3,000 signing bonus. In addition to the financial gains, member health care costs will be frozen at today’s rates.

“It’s better in a union. On behalf of the department, I congratulate the negotiating committee on a job well done. Once again, our Councils are creating family sustaining jobs and good-paying life long careers for union members in the metal trades. A job well done,” said President Hart.

OPM Shutdown Guidance

OPM has updated its shutdown furlough guidance webpage and includes an Addendum to the 2021 Guidance for Shutdown Furloughs. In addition, OPM also issued new Special Instructions for Agencies Affected by a Possible Lapse in Appropriations Starting on October 1, 2023.



“We are happy to announce that the members of the affiliates that comprise the APPW MTC have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that is effective September 29, 2023 and expires on September 22, 2026!!

Year 1: 17% wage increase for all classifications
Year 2: 3% wage increase for all classifications
Year 3: 3% wage increase for all classifications
$1500 ratification bonus

Healthcare costs have been maintained, benefits (costs) have been redistributed and / or enhanced and there are several minor efficiency, productivity and administrative modifications to the contract that benefit the collective membership.

Thank you for making your voices heard!

Impending Government Shutdown Effect on MTC Federal Contract Workforce

The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, is monitoring the budget process as Congress works on a path that would fund the federal government past this Saturday, Sept. 30. To date, an agreement has not been reached, and a partial or full government shutdown could begin at midnight Saturday.

Should a shutdown occur, our inquiries with signatory contractors indicate that most are certain that they will remain operational in the short term utilizing either reserve funds or unspent funding from previous fiscal years. Presidents of Metal Trades Councils representing affiliate workers in the employ of private sector contractors and companies performing federal government contracts are respectfully requested to provide the department with any shutdown guidance provided to bargaining unit members by their respective employers. Accordingly, all bargaining unit members of the workforce should report to work Monday, Oct. 2, and in the days that follow, unless notified otherwise by their employers.

The Metal Trades Department is no stranger to negotiations on Capitol Hill and the affiliates which comprise the department realize that uncertainty can be distracting and stressful. However, our department and councils have weathered these situations before. In leading up to and in the event of a shutdown, the department will make every effort to keep each and every council, affiliate and bargaining unit member up to date in real time. The department will keep you posted on any and all developments through email communication and the use of the department website.

On behalf of the Executive Council and its affiliated International unions and staff, I thank you for continuing to stay focused on the important national security work performed by metal trades members.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at your convenience. I can be reached by email at or by telephone at 202-302-1651.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

9-26-23 Government Shutdown _MTC Federal Contract Workforce