May 2022 bring you health, happiness, and joy. Happy New Year.
On behalf of the executive council and staff of the Metal Trades Department, I would like to wish you and yours a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
As we begin this holiday season, I would like to take a few moments to thank you all for being a part of our Metal Trades family. The success of the Metal Trades Department, its local councils, and affiliates is due to the strength and support it receives from its family, friends, and allies in organized labor, government, and the community. Without your vital support, we would not be where we are today.
Our nation and Working Families, in particular, have been facing challenging times for what is almost two years due to the ravages and challenges associated with COVID-19. We will continue to face hurdles in the coming year, but as we have for the last year, I am confident that we will continue to emerge both as a people and nation stronger and better than ever.
Together in solidarity and thanks, metal trades workers will finally see the long-awaited light at the end of the tunnel, a beacon of light and hope that all working men and women have anxiously awaited and worked hard for. We will finally get to watch and enjoy the fruits of our political labor as President Biden and our allies in the House and Senate in Washington, DC. Statehouses throughout the land begin to put Americans back to work. They are investing in an American future that celebrates workers and their families by building back better, building back stronger, and building back by creating good paying union jobs with family-supporting benefits!
I hope you all enjoy your time with your family and friends this Thanksgiving Day. Please stay safe and healthy over the holiday weekend, my friends. Let us all say a prayer, and give thanks to our great nation. Thank you to our unions and their workers. The first responders and brave men and women who serve on the front lines, not only this day but every day, providing us with the services and safety needed for all to enjoy the American Dream, the freedoms and liberties that only this great nation can afford and provide.
Most importantly, let’s love one another, give thanks to God and country, and in the spirit of peace and harmony may God bless you, and God bless America! Happy Thanksgiving from the Metal Trades Family to Yours
Korean War veteran Howard Osterkamp is said to have coined the phrase, “all gave some; some gave all,” after spending three years in heavy combat with his unit. The saying, used to emphasize the gravitas of serving in our nation’s military, truly connotes how our soldiers serve selflessly.
Too often, veterans return from service with few prospects in civilian life. But the Metal Trades Department, its Councils, and our affiliated unions have worked hard to change that. In labor, we know the value that veterans bring to our organizations. We will always welcome and support our military members while in service and as they retire.
I am proud to say, our Metal Trades partners have spent countless years crafting programs that deliver real opportunities for veterans. Our labor union affiliates provide careers for the men and women transitioning from military service to civilian employment, often expediting training and apprenticeships based upon military duties. I am proud of our management partners whose work supports those still serving, offering jobs to veterans as they retire that allow them to continue to support our military endeavors.
This Veterans Day, I want to, of course, thank our nation’s veterans for their service. But I also want to thank all of our labor partners for their work to create programs that train and employ veterans. Without these programs, designed by our nation’s labor unions, specifically those affiliated with the Metal Trades, many of our veterans would find themselves with few opportunities as they transition to civilian life. To our veterans, know that we value your service. Like Howard Osterkamp, we know far too many gave all in defense of our freedoms. And we know far too many found themselves unsupported and alone upon returning from service; our unions thank you, and we support you.
The Metal Trades Department, its affiliates, and councils vow on this Veterans Day or any other day to never forget the patriotism and effort of all who served on behalf of a grateful nation.
To this very day, veterans who comprise a vital component within the Metal Trades are willing to go where the nation’s leaders lead them and, in many cases, never stop giving their lives for the mission. We salute them all for being willing to see every task on behalf of a nation’s national security literally through to its end. On behalf of the affiliates, officers and staff of the department, I offer all veterans today our thanks, gratitude and respect.
God bless you all.
Metal Trades Department President
As Labor Day 2021 is upon us, it should be more apparent than ever, that the welfare of each American worker is dependent upon the welfare of all of us.
Union members know that workers only succeed in obtaining the American dream when they exercise their right to fair wages, safe working conditions and respect in the workplace. We know that there are both good and bad people in every class of society, and that no one should be judged by their color, creed, citizenship, sexual orientation, or station in life, but by how they adhere to, and respect the inalienable rights of all Americans, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
American workers know that whether they are a business executive, government employees, entertainers, medical professionals, first responders, farmers, or domestic employees, that each is the neighbor to the other, that each is comprised of the same hopes and fears, that each has fundamentally the same ideals, and much of the same virtues and faults.
On Labor Day we celebrate the labor rights of working men and women. The preservation and reform of these rights are more important now than ever before, not only to us, but to the future generations of working families who will depend upon them. I have always placed my full trust in the American worker and will continue to do so. My brothers and sisters in labor know that when workers join together for a common cause — that cause which promotes the greater good of all working Americans — only then can America’s working families successfully rise up to effectively engage and politically defeat the enemies of organized labor.
Together we can overcome divisiveness, intolerance, and ignorance.
Together we can a build a bigger, stronger, and better America.
Together we can make a difference in the lives of every worker.
On behalf of Metal Trades workers throughout North America, workers who perform the manufacturing and production work that empowers American industry, who toil without fear or favor in the name of our country’s national defense, I wish you and your families, much good health, prosperity, peace, love, and happiness on Labor Day, that momentous day which celebrates the efforts and achievements of the world’s most productive workforce.
May Gods always protect the workers of the world and keep them safe.
On December 28, 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed into law. The Act established the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance, to renew the legacy of Memorial Day.
In writing the legislation, Congress wrote, “greater strides must be made to demonstrate appreciation for those loyal people of the United States whose values, represented by their sacrifices, are critical to the future of the United States.” Citing a responsibility to “raise awareness of and respect for the national heritage, and to encourage citizens to dedicate themselves to the values and principles for which those heroes of the United States died.” Congress called for promoting the relevance of Memorial Day for future generations.
As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day 2021, I hope that you will heed the call that Congress made more than two decades ago and join me in recognizing the men and women who have lost their lives in service to our military.
At 3:00 pm on Monday, May 31, I will say a prayer for peace and offer a moment of silence to pay homage to our fallen heroes.
As the National Moment of Remembrance says, it is time to reclaim Memorial Day as the sacred and noble event that that day is intended to be.
Brothers and sisters, I wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day. May God bless you and protect our military members both at home and abroad.
With solidarity and respect,
James Hart, President
Metal Trades Department
Thanksgiving is usually our time to gather with family and friends and give thanks for what we have and all that we have achieved.
While this year we may have to forgo our large family gatherings, we can still give thanks for our bountiful blessings. I know that many Americans will not have the fortune of seeing their family this year. However, we can all take solace in knowing that this too shall pass and as Americans we will come back stronger and wiser.
Let’s never forget that materials items, no matter how indispensable to our way of life, can never amount to more than a foundation to live our lives. We must all build upon that foundation and create the type of people that we long to be. Yesterday is a cancelled check, tomorrow is a promissory note and only how you live life in the day and moment actually counts. Who we are as individuals and a collective people is what will define our legacy on earth.
Throughout the years, with Thanksgiving Day being no exception, union families have many times found themselves faced with adversity. A national emergency such as this pandemic defines who we are as a nation. Being an American shouldn’t change who you are; but it surely should reveal who you are. Being a union member reveals who we are, and each day metal trades workers, first responders and medical emergency professionals are stepping up and being revealed as true patriots, forsaking their safety and health and that of their families on behalf of the greater national good. No matter how difficult the challenge, how formidable the foe, one thing is certain, this is who we are, this is what we do and we are UNION Proud. This Thanksgiving, and every day we rise.
So, on this occasion, I thank you for being part of our Metal Trades family. Please join me in thanking each and every one of the proud, brave men and women of our nation’s armed forces and all Americans who work tirelessly to ensure and provide our safety, health and comfort each and every day.
On behalf of the Metal Trades Department, I wish you a happy, healthy Thanksgiving Day Holiday. Please be safe, wear mask, social distance and love one another.
May God bless you and your families …. God bless America!