A Special Note of Pride and Thanks!

A Special Note of Pride and Thanks!

Dear Metal Trades Council Member,

On behalf of a grateful union and workers throughout the land, I want to salute essential employees everywhere and give a special shout out to North America’s Metal Trades workforce.

From my first day as a Metal Trades Representative, I became aware of the special talents and traits that metal trades workers who build and repair America’s military, clean its toxic messes, and construct and keep ready America’s most critical government infrastructure possess. From the Navy Shipbuilder awakened in the middle of the night to answer the call of duty anywhere in the world to the mission essential worker specially trained to protect our country’s national security, you are among the most committed and generous people I know!

But none of the above is why I’m writing to you now.

It’s not as though the day to day life of your metal trade’s vocation hasn’t already made me especially proud of each and every one of you as your President. In my eyes and that of your union, you are already heroes. I write because I would be remiss in my responsibility as your President, if I didn’t commend and pay homage to your service and commitment during this pandemic.

The sense of obligation displayed by each and every metal trades council member, not only to the mission and country but to the ideals of trade unionism, have never wavered, through good times and bad. Your clear sense of purpose and performance, while predictable is nothing short of remarkable!

I can only guess the thoughts that pass through the minds of metal trades working men and women as they awake each morning and ready themselves for another unpredictable day in the course of America’s worst health crises.


I’ve learned that Metal Trades workers don’t worry that jumping into the proverbial water is dangerous, they don’t succumb to the pleas of loved ones that don’t want them to leave home to go to work and face danger, nor do they prescribe to the theory that discretion is the better part of valor. When circumstances demand immediate action, metal trades men and women don’t ruminate, they react. They silently and unapologetically understand that they cannot and will never put at risk the mission that is responsible for America’s national security.

I believe you to be not only an essential labor force, but America’s most special workforce!

As the President of the Metal Trades Department and your proud leader, I often wonder if I would or could perform as you do. We often think we know how we’ll react when facing certain circumstances, often assuming we’ll do the right thing, the best thing, the heroic thing, the thing that best enables us to preserve the positive image we have of ourselves. Luckily, most of us never have to find out just how well we know ourselves. I’d like to think that some part of each of you pauses to recognize that you are in fact, heroes, and I hope that you give yourselves credit, even if only momentarily, for being willing to risk your lives for the mission, flag and country.

Metal Trades workers are on the front lines of this global pandemic, one that has exposed them to a precarious situation, while adding additional layers of burden and responsibility to an already tough job. Covid-19 has sparked uncertainty and unrest within society. Now more than ever, please know that your union has your back.

We will continue to fight for you, through the good times and bad. It is our job to ensure that you never have to choose between your health and your paycheck. You have every right and expectation to look to your leaders to help guide you and your families safely through these distressing times. We will not let you down!

On behalf of the Metal Trades Department Executive Council, staff and labor movement, please accept our thanks for a job well done. It is my greatest wish that you convey the warm regards and gratitude of the department to your spouses, significant others and families. The sacrifice made by your families in support of your livelihood is the strongest part of the fabric that makes our union both great and special.

You are among America’s best skilled, most productive model citizens and we appreciate you!

Thank you and God Bless America!

The union makes us strong!

4.17.20 MTC Member THANKYOU

4.17.20 MTC Member THANKYOU

A Message from President Hart: Happy Easter

A Message from President Hart: Happy Easter

As we prepare to celebrate the joy of Easter amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Metal Trades Department, its councils and affiliates wish to convey our prayers and continued commitment of our union to all workers of this nation. While many of America’s institutions and businesses are closed, the work of the Metal Trades Department and staff continues as we strive to meet the needs of our councils, their members, families and communities through this heart breaking global healthcare crisis.

As public fear and uncertainty grow around the COVID-19 pandemic, metal trades workers are demonstrating solidarity, hope and political will each day as they endeavor to help our country through this crises.

While the COVID-19 crisis reminds us of our shared imperfections, our labor unions are demonstrating how all workers are truly connected. Workers are beginning to see and understand that ecological order is connected to the human condition, that eradicating the pandemic in one community will never be achieved unless it is done in all communities; and that the success and safety of frontline responders are linked to our willingness to stay home. It is at this moment, when we need to stay at safe distances, that we are finally brought together as one working family standing together to build a better future. 

The coming days and months will continue to bring us great challenges, heartache and pain, but will also provide us moments of hope.  Each day, we witness the pain of lost loved ones, ill-health, unemployment and economic uncertainty. However, we also see so many great moments of bravery, hope and grace in the noble and selfless labor of working men and women, who at the risk of great personal sacrifice, dedicate themselves to ensuring that our communities, cities, and states are safe.

There is an old saying in the movement, “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” It is derived from Mother Jones, an Irish immigrant who fought alongside mineworkers and others who often put their lives on the line when they went to work. I believe Mother Jones would heartily approve of organized labor’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic, as workers are coming to the aid of nations sick, poor and broken. 

As we celebrate Easter, let’s ensure that our sacrifice and effort in defeating this devastating pandemic is not in vain, and that we use the lessons learned in this time of crises and uncertainty to build a brighter future for our entire country.

On behalf of the officers and staff of the Metal Trades Department, I wish you all a safe, happy, healthy Easter of love and peace.

May God Bless America ….. We are #MetalTradesStrong!

Summary of the Provisions of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act

Summary of the Provisions of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act

Memo issued by President Hart on the Family First Coronavirus Response Act. This memorandum summarizes the provisions of the Response Act that are most salient to labor unions and group health plans. Specifically, this memorandum will focus on the Response Act’s provisions concerning: (1) emergency paid sick leave; (2) emergency family and medical leave; (3) unemployment insurance benefits; (4) health care provisions as they relate to employer-provided health coverage; and (5) employer tax credits for emergency family and medical leave
and emergency paid sick leave.

3.19.20 Family First Conronavirus Response Act Memo

Message from President Hart on COVID-19

Message from President Hart on COVID-19

Metal Trades Representatives are engaging with employers to ensure that they are providing bargaining unit members with comprehensive safety and prevention measures to defend against being afflicted from the COVD-19 Coronavirus.

Please urge all council and bargaining unit members to protect themselves by practicing common sense precautions, such as washing hands, staying at home when ill and listening to federal and local health authorities. If any Metal Trade’s worker has been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, please contact the department immediately.

Attached in this communication are two guides that you may use to educate and advise bargaining unit members in their effort to combat against the possible contamination and effects of the global pandemic now facing our nation.

If you have any questions regarding this communication, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

James Hart, President

President’s Day Message from President Hart

President’s Day Message from President Hart

In February, Americans have traditionally celebrated the birthdays of President George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. A number of years ago, the birthday celebrations were combined into President’s Day. With that change, many of the valuable ideals and philosophies of these great men and office holders were forgotten.

As we celebrate Presidents Day 2020, Metal Trades workers and their families will honor our nation’s presidents, both past and present. Throughout time and immemorial, metal trades workers at the Department of Defense and our nation’s nuclear laboratories have been committed to excellence and success of the mission. Many times, and more often than not during our countries darkest days, these amazing workers looked to the ideals and values of the great men who have occupied the office of President of the United States for comfort and inspiration.

In what many consider the greatest American political speech — Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address — Lincoln said, “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

While our culture has many fairy tale heroes in movies and comics, Americans have been lucky to have real heroes occupy the White House and Oval Office. We all should take seriously our obligation and duty to teach our children and loved ones about the ideals and values of our American Presidents.

In past years, many in our society saw this holiday as nothing more than a day away from work. These past few years have changed the meaning of Presidents’ Day for millions of Americans. At no other time in our history have so many felt a personal connection either pro or con with the serving president and the future of our nation.

Through strong leadership and personal involvement, the Metal Trades Department will continue to raise the awareness of all we come in contact with, promising to call unfettered balls and strikes regarding our President, his administration and all policies and decisions that affect America’s working families.
On this Presidents Day weekend, workers must continue in their efforts and commitment to ensure that America remains strong and prosperous.

On behalf the department, its officers and staff, please accept my best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday. Let’s ensure safety is uppermost in all of our holiday plans!

The union makes me strong ….. God Bless America!

Happy Holidays from the Metal Trades Department

Happy Holidays from the Metal Trades Department

The holidays are a time for us to gather with our family and friends, appreciate the blessings in our lives, and celebrate the spirit of the season.

The holidays are also an opportunity for us to pause and reflect on the message of peace, love and hope for working families around the world. Organized labor is strongest when workers come together and, during this holiday season I ask that all members of the Metal Trades join with me as we give back to communities in need across the United States and Canada.

It is in this spirit of giving, that we should all take time in both gesture and thought, to show how proud we are of the brave men and women who serve in our country’s armed forces and our first responders who protect and serve our great nations every day.

In the spirit of reflection and celebration, I would like to share how much I have enjoyed working with you, our members, to make a difference in the lives of working families.

We don’t have small goals at the Metal Trades Department, and we will never shy away from tough fights or problems. The lessons of the past and the dedication and commitment of generations of metal trades workers have taught us that there are no limits to what we can achieve when we work together.

We have big plans for 2020, and, despite the fact that our councils and unions are going to face new and daunting challenges, we are committed to solving these problems and seizing new opportunities. In all our initiatives, we’ll be helping more workers, in more places, faster and more efficiently.

On behalf of the staff and the affiliated unions of the Metal Trades Department, I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Kwanza. It is our most humble wish that you and your family, friends and loved ones reap the joy of a healthy, happy and prosperous 2020.

May God bless you and may God bless America and Canada!