Honoring Our Veterans

Honoring Our Veterans

A Message from Metal Trades Department President James Hart

Our country isn’t just made up of land and buildings, but it’s also made up of our history, our people and, our remembrances.

Our history books are packed with names of men and women who’ve served bravely and tirelessly in our military, and whether they came home last week, last year, years ago or they never returned, Veteran’s Day is a time to remember and honor them.

Join me this day in honoring their selflessness and sacrifice.

We thank you for your service, and we promise that the Metal Trades community stands at the ready to support our veterans through strong advocacy, training, fair wages and benefits, and family sustaining jobs.

With respect, honor and gratitude, thank you Veterans.

Labor Day Message from Metal Trades President James Hart

Labor Day Message from Metal Trades President James Hart

On behalf of the officers and staff of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, I extend Labor Day greetings to all American workers.
Over the years, few holidays have more importance to me than that of Labor Day, for this is that special day to rejoice and celebrate our nation’s workers.

Labor Day is a day where it is natural to reflect and take account of where we stand with respect to the issues which profoundly affect our lives and the destiny of American workers.

We are making progress as workers and unions. However, we must continue to move forward.

Young people and workers of all ages are recognizing that the union is by far still the best vehicle workers have to fight for better wages, benefits and conditions. In fact, recent polls indicate that America is beginning to again recognize that it is organized labor, which is responsible for promoting a vision in our country that extends far beyond the workplace to serve the needs of all Americans by advocating for progressive taxation, affordable healthcare, childcare benefits, extended sick time and leave, workplace safety, the reduction of student loan debt and so much more.

Employment has risen consistently over the past 9 years to record levels, yet our weekly pay envelopes are not keeping pace, succumbing to inflation that is outpacing our gains. The only solution to this sad situation is for workers and their unions to steadfastly commit and support political candidates who pledge to fight for, achieve and maintain an American economy in which workers are insured of job opportunities that guarantee them a living wage. Wage earners should not ask for more, nor be satisfied with less!

So while we contemplate the future and the demands of meeting our collective goals as workers, let’s be sure to enjoy the fruits of our labor by enjoying the end of summer with family and friends. Pop open a union made beer or beverage, barbecue a union made burger or hot dog and never stop supporting the union label.

On this special weekend and day, let’s join together to thank and pray for the well-being and safety of the brave men and women who make up the ranks of our nation’s armed forces and first responders. Just as important, please take time to notice and thank the workers who are not fortunate to be enjoying a day off with family, in order that we may enjoy our time off. On this special day, please do not lose sight of the fact that the greatness of America is due to its working families.

America works best when it works union!

I wish you all a healthy, happy and safe Labor Day 2018!

God Bless America and its working families!

Happy Easter to all and may God Bless America and its working families!

Happy Easter to all and may God Bless America and its working families!

Across our nation, throughout North America and in some instances stations around the world, Metal Trades workers of Christian faith will gather with family and friends to celebrate Easter Sunday. It is a time of great joy and reflection. While the religious significance of Easter and the resurrection is not lost to me, nor is the fact that this day signals the beginning of spring, which after a long winter offers the spirit of hope and revitalization to all.
Today I join all workers in celebrating this day and heeding the Easter message. In the spirit of renewal, I look forward to our continued work together in making our union even stronger.
If you are among the union ranks, this is a good time to reflect upon what being a trade unionist means to you. I believe that those who mislead workers by making unions about what is unacceptable and intolerable to society are wrong and must be strongly refuted. Not only do I think that intentional mischaracterizations of our union and mission diminish the positive effect that our work achieves on behalf of workers but serves as the means to deprive all workers of the dignity and respect that they have earned and deserve in the work place.
Trade unionism is under assault in America. Intolerance for workers rights and protections are maligned as much or more today than any other aspect of American life. We can no longer allow detractors of unions to dissuade workers from becoming part of our mission which is to protect the fabric of our communities, promote fairness in the workplace and make all dreams possible for workers.
When or wherever intolerance is demonstrated, whether it is against our unions, gays, people of color or anyone who disagrees with you, we must as trade unionists step up and join together to resist such efforts by demonstrating to the world what we believe in, by how we act.
We all have failed or fallen short at one time or another, but the point of this message is that in the spirit of the season we all deserve and get a fresh start. It’s time for all of us to try and do better. I am renewing my efforts as we speak, won’t you join me?
On behalf of the officers, staff, and councils of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, we wish you and your families a healthy, happy and reflective Easter Sunday. May the lord bless and keep safe the men and women of the armed forces who together with our nation’s first responders truly insure the freedoms that we hold near and dear in our hearts.
Happy Easter to all and may God bless America and its working families!
A Salute to Service

A Salute to Service

On November 11 we celebrate Veteran’s Day, a day to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to sacrifice for the common good.

As President of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, I am committed to ensuring that the Department, with the support of our affiliated unions, work to provide increased opportunities in the trades for the brave men and women who have served in our nation’s armed services. As well, I am committed to fighting for the rights and benefits we owe our service men and women.

Labor has long supported veterans, many of our Metal Trades Council members are veterans. Often, the work we do supports the military’s mission, and that makes us proud. As we celebrate Veteran’s Day today, we pray that our current service men and women return home safely, and we pray for the souls who did not.

May God bless our veterans and all Americans.

In Solidarity,

Jimmy Hart,
Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO

A Labor Day Message from MTD President James Hart

A Labor Day Message from MTD President James Hart

On this Labor Day weekend, I would like to take a moment to remember those men, women and children in Texas who lost their lives in Hurricane Harvey. This terrible storm affected many union members, whether they be workers whose homes were damaged or lost in the storm, or first responders who worked tirelessly to help those in need. Many of our own members faced unimaginable hardships over the past week experiencing the devastation first hand. Please join with me in praying for all the residents of Texas, and if you can, consider donating to the relief fund established by the Texas AFL-CIO.

For many, Labor Day is the last official day of summer vacation. And, many folks don’t even know the origins of Labor Day, but union member do. We know that the men and women who fought fiercely for the rights of workers in the 19th Century, built the labor movement, and forged a path that has given us the opportunities we have today. We know that their sacrifices and bravery gave us the weekend, ensured us a voice on the job, and secured our right to collectively bargain with our employers. So, I encourage you to also take time this weekend to remember those whose hard work and sacrifice brought us our union voices.

The last several years have been rough for the labor movement. We have seen attacks to our wages, benefits and pensions. Calls for national right-to-work, and successful passage of state and local level right-to-work ordinances. With the new Administration, we can only assume that our battle has just begun. We face a GOP majority in charge at the National Labor Relations Board. OSHA, the agency tasked with making sure you are safe at work, no longer cares to record on-the-job injuries and deaths, they would rather cow-tow to corporations. Labor indeed is in a fight for its life. We, like those that came before us, must stand with our union brothers and sisters and redouble our efforts to rebuild and reaffirm our place at the table. Like Texas, the labor movement is strong, and resilient, and will whether its storms of attack, but it is up to you to get involved.

May God bless you all, and have a safe and happy Labor Day.