Because of Our Brave and Dedicated Veterans, America’s Best Days Are Still Ahead

Because of Our Brave and Dedicated Veterans, America’s Best Days Are Still Ahead

The American flag has never wavered because America’s vets have never wavered. American veterans have provided our nation with safety and security so that every citizen can enjoy the fruits of freedom.

Whether they fought on the shores of Normandy or the deserts of the Middle East, our veterans are part of an unbroken chain of men and women who have served our country with distinction and honor.

On Veterans Day, the Metal Trades Department, its local councils and affiliates wish to provide America’s vets with our deepest thanks. Their sacrifices have helped secure more than two centuries of American progress, and their legacy affirms that no matter what confronts us or what trials we face, there is no challenge we cannot overcome. Because of our brave and dedicated veterans, America’s best days are still ahead.

America’s men and women in uniform have defined our country throughout its generations, teaching us and exhibiting strength, duty, devotion and resolve. Even after our veterans take off the uniform, they never stop serving. Many apply the skills and experience they developed on the battlefield to a life of service here at home. They take on roles in their communities that working families depend upon.

On behalf of a grateful Metal Trades Nation, we want all to know that our country’s Metal Trades workers are committed to fulfilling our responsibilities to them and upholding the sacred trust we share with all who have served. We will continue to challenge all Americans to reflect on the immeasurable burdens that have been borne by so few. We should pay tribute each day to our wounded, our missing, our fallen, and their families and honor them not only on Veterans Day, but every day.

The Metal Trades workers of America today reaffirm our promise to our veterans that when they finish their tours of duty, they will come home and always live in an America that gives them the benefits they have earned, the care they deserve, and the fullest opportunity to keep their families strong and our country moving forward.

May God bless and keep Americans veterans safe, healthy and always revered.

On behalf of the Metal Trades Department, staff, councils and affiliates, thank you for your service.

God Bless America!

Never Forget

On September 11, 2001, America was forever changed. It has been 18 years since terrorists struck the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon, but that tragic day, which served as a true test of the American spirit will always be remembered.

Many of our union brothers and sisters were killed on 9/11, and many more have since died or fallen ill from the effects of working in the rescue and recovery effort. We will never forget their service and sacrifice. May God bless America.

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day

A message from MTD President Hart

America sets aside July 4th for a national celebration of the experiment started 243 years ago this day by the patriots at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

It was an act of courage for our Founding Fathers to declare their independence from Great Britain, but it was an act of vision and foresight as well.

They created a durable democracy, boasting the possibility of broader liberties and greater opportunities for each succeeding generation, encouraging people all across the world to demand from their governments the same freedoms and possibilities that Americans enjoy.

As Americans and union members, we cannot fail in our responsibility to never forget, promote and strive to achieve the mission of truth and justice demanded of us by our founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence …. “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”

On behalf of the officers, affiliates and staff of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, we wish you and your families the very best for a healthy, happy and safe Independence Day holiday. May God bless you, the Labor Movement and all workers. God bless America!

Honoring All Who Served

Honoring All Who Served

As we go through the process of living our daily lives, it is easy to forget all those men and women that came before us and died in defense of our Freedoms.

As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” This Memorial Day, and every day, let us not forget the brave men and women who have selflessly sacrificed for our freedoms. Let us honor them in prayer and deed.

America’s Metal Trades Unions and members are ever mindful of the great many blessings we enjoy, granted us by the ultimate sacrifice of so many of the courageous, heroic men and women of our American Military.

On behalf of the officers and staff of the Metal Trades Department, I wish you and your loved ones a reflective and safe Memorial Day holiday weekend.

God Bless America!

In Solidarity,
James Hart, President
Metal Trades Department

A Statement from Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO President James Hart on the Importance of Investing in U.S. Shipbuilding

A Statement from Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO President James Hart on the Importance of Investing in U.S. Shipbuilding

Want to Make America Great Again? Invest in American Shipbuilding.

The time to Act is now. It’s time to SAVE THE PHILLY SHIPYARD. It’s time to revitalize the American shipbuilding industry, build the TANKERS needed to transport the energy we harvest throughout the United States and the world. It’s time for the United States to re-enter the recreation and cruise ship industry and most importantly it’s vital that we ensure that America has a merchant fleet capable of building a steel bridge to deliver American fighting men and women the equipment necessary to counter foreign aggression anywhere in the world.

I am sick and tired of American ship builders being forced to fend for themselves while their foreign competition soaks up billions of dollars in government support payments and subsidies.

I’m sick and tired of the American Maritime worker and their families taking in on the chin, losing their pensions and healthcare all in the name of irresponsible corporate greed and government policies. It’s long past time for the President to take the steadfast advice of his top economic and trade advisors at Commerce and Transportation and begin to reinvest in the Jones Act Shipbuilding Industry that is so vital to our nation’s national security.

Our merchant fleet is virtually depleted. Heavily subsidized foreign flagged vessels are feasting at the expense of the American worker and consumer, our manufacturing infrastructure is virtually decimated to the point that even though our cities and states face daunting new infrastructure rebuilds throughout the nation, we are forced to turn to foreign nations to meet our fabrication and material needs.

Ronald Reagan was wrong in eliminating government subsidies to American shipbuilding, and President Trump needs to correct that inequity or at the very least level the playing field and not allow any foreign vessel that receives government subsidies to load or unload at US ports.

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The Metal Trades Department is a trade department of the AFL-CIO. It was chartered in 1908 to coordinate negotiating, organizing and legislative efforts of affiliated metalworking and related crafts and trade unions. Seventeen national and international unions are affiliated with the MTD today. More than 100,000 workers in private industry and federal establishments work under contracts negotiated by MTD Councils. Workers retain membership in their own trade unions.

Impacted by the 2019 Federal Government shutdown? You may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Furlough Grant Program

Special Update: If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been impacted by the 2019 Federal Government shutdown, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Furlough Grant Program.[1]

Union Plus Credit Card:

  • $300 Furlough Grant For eligible Union Plus Credit Cardholders[ii] who are furloughed or excepted due to the federal government shutdown.
    • Must be a Union Plus Credit Cardholder for at least 3 months and in good standing on the date the federal shutdown began.
    • Apply for a one-time grant at //
  • Capital One’s customer assistance program offers a number of options that could help customers whose income is disrupted as a result of the federal government shutdown and can help provide personalized assistance to those in need. For help, cardholders should contact: 1-800-622-2580.

Union Plus Mortgage:

  • Mortgage Assistance Loan & $300 Grant: for eligible Union Plus mortgage holders who are out of work or asked to work without pay due to an involuntary furlough that lasts for at least 15 consecutive calendar days.
  • Must be a Union Plus Mortgage holder for at least 12 months and in good standing at time of the qualifying event.
  • Your income must be reduced by an amount equal to at least 50% of the monthly mortgage payment.
  • Interest-free loan to cover up to 6 months of mortgage payments and a $300 grant paid directly to the member
  • Apply for grant at
  • Wells Fargo is offering assistance on case-by-case basis: members may qualify for forbearance or other payment assistance programs based on their individual circumstances. For help, members should contact: 1-888-818-9147 Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Central Time Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central Time

Credit Counseling:

  • Money Management International offers a FREE consumer credit counseling session, budget analysis, and money management advice to members. Call 1-877-833-1745
  • Webinar: When the Income Decreases but the Bills Don’t: Financial Help During and After Furlough

Union Plus Life and Accident Insurance:

  • Policyholders qualify for a payment grace period. Call 1-800-393-0864.

Union Plus Personal Loan:

  • First National Bank of Omaha is offering assistance on a case-by-case basis: members may qualify for fee waivers or other payment assistance programs based on their individual circumstances. For help, members should contact 1-888-283-5228 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Time and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central Time.

Union Plus Auto & Home Insurance

  • For those not receiving a paycheck from the federal government as a result of the current shutdown, MetLife Auto & Home may grant a one-time, 30-day grace period on your payment of premium on a MetLife Auto & Home policy. Members must request this one-time allowance by calling 1-800-GET-MET8.  Certain restrictions apply, and premium remains due after delay expires

Union Plus Life and Accident Insurance

  • The Hartford will offer qualified policyholders a payment grace period. For additional information, call 1-800-393-0864.

[1] Certain restrictions, limitations and qualifications apply to these grants. Additional information and eligibility criteria can be obtained at

[ii] The Union Plus Credit Cards are issued by Capital One, N.A. pursuant to a license from Mastercard International Incorporated.

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