Convention Virtual Platform is Live

Convention Virtual Platform is Live

The Metal Trades Department Convention site is live. Delegates and guests should have begun receiving emails last week to login to view the agenda. The Department will be holding a training for using the platform on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 pm (est). Delegates and guests must login to join.

Visit the Convention website and login to see our tentative agenda and interact with other attendees. Note, you must be registered for the Convention to login.

Convention delegates and guests may register here. Delegates are either appointed by their international union or a Metal Trades Council President.

President Hart Spoke at the VPPPA’s Safety+ Symposium

Recap: During the Opening General Session at VPPPA’s Safety+ Symposium in Nashville, James (Jimmy) Hart, President of the Metal Trades Department AFL-CIO, called attention to the impact and influence employees have on making safety in the workplace matter.
“Your success spells out worker success,” Hart told VPPPA attendees. “You have the power, wisdom, message, and means to not only teach but to make people listen.”
As Hart’s address came to a close, he stressed the importance for those in attendance to absorb the knowledge in each of their workshops. “Take that education, and the time you spend here, back home. Speak out loud, speak out strong – safety matters.”

Labor Day 2021: The Welfare of Every American is Dependent Upon Us All

Labor Day 2021: The Welfare of Every American is Dependent Upon Us All

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.

 

COVID Vaccination Memo for MTC Presidents

TO: All MTC Presidents

CC: MTD KEYS

MTD General Representatives

FROM: James Hart, President Metal Trades Department

DATE: August 24, 2021

RE: Metal Trades Department COVID Vaccination Statement

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The ongoing Covid Pandemic and its ensuing variants are continuing to present metal trade’s workers and their families with ongoing challenges.

As the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has now given its final approval to the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, our council officers and local affiliates can expect more and more to be faced with a requirement from signatory contractors and owners that all employees produce proof of vaccination to enter their respective property or worksite.

The department fully understands that it is a matter of personal choice whether or not one agrees to be vaccinated. However, please be advised that I am in receipt of legal advice that owners and contractors have the right to require proof of vaccination in this situation. With that said, third parties may require vaccinations as a term of employment, but cannot implement such a policy without bargaining the effects of such policy with the council.

The department urges all metal trades bargaining unit members to take advantage of the opportunity to be vaccinated, so that affiliate members are not limited in their employment opportunities.

Should you have any questions regarding this communication or require any assistance in addressing this matter with council delegates, affiliate members and contractors, please feel free to contact me at the department headquarters at your convenience.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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Statement from President Hart on the Passing of AFL-CIO President Trumka

Statement from President Hart on the Passing of AFL-CIO President Trumka

President Trumka leaves our world knowing he did his part and more to safeguard the lives of working families.

Workers throughout North America who value a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work will mourn for him.

Defenders of collective bargaining, the right to vote, and inequality in the workforce have lost a true champion.

America has lost a patriot, a family has lost a devoted patriarch, and working folks have lost a real friend.

The officers and staff of the Metal Trades Department, its International Union Affiliates, Local Councils, and Industry Partners will sorely miss his fortitude, faith, and courage in the time to come.

But let it be known that on this day, August 5, 2021, that although Rich Trumka’s voice has moved to the heavens, that his courage and faith are not extinguished. The courage of great leaders like Rich Trumka far outlive them and I know that the courage and convictions he displayed in his life and times will empower and become the soul and inspiration for new generations of workers and trade unionists to come.

Rich Trumka’s life will thankfully live on far beyond his years and the torch he lit in the hearts of workers around the world will shine brightly in his memory.

May the soul of our dearly departed friend and brother, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka rest in eternal peace and power.