MTC Representation Activities / Updated Covid-19 Regulations

TO: All Metal Trades Council Presidents

FROM:  James Hart, President Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO

DATE: May 19, 2022

RE: MTC Representation Activities / Updated Covid-19 Regulations

Dear Metal Trades Council President:

COVID 19 regulations have been relaxed in most areas throughout the United States and Canada. However, all Metal Trades Council leaders must remain diligent and aware of the dangers associated with the infection and strive to protect our affiliates and their members from contamination both in the workplace and when conducting organized council activities.

The Department recognizes that most council by-laws mandate delegate meetings are conducted live and under one roof. These assemblies are crucial to keeping affiliates and bargaining unit members informed, especially at a time when council leaders are engaged in collective bargaining and working hard to protect workers from employers and legislators who look to take advantage of them during a time of decreased public access.

There is no doubt that Zoom and multiple other videoconferencing applications are here to stay. Neither their effectiveness nor use should be degraded or minimalized by council officers as this platform provides both a time-saving and cost-effective forum that benefits council affiliates and bargaining unit members through heightened representational access. However, live meetings are without a doubt more compelling and exciting. Videoconferencing cannot replace the crucial function of such gatherings.

Accordingly, the Department encourages any local council not doing so to reinstate all in-person council representation activities in an orderly, safe, and productive manner. Should a council choose (without valid reason) not to comply with this request, they may be subject to charges from affiliates and bargaining unit members of violation of Taft Hartley and the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.

However, in doing so, council officers are urged to consider the implementation of the following guidelines:

1. Strictly abide by all federal, state and local COVID 19 rules and regulations governing public assembly.

a. In the absence of government or institutional prohibitions regarding COVID 19, council officers should adopt common-sense safety measures and enforce them. All safety measures need to be adequately communicated to attendees prior to the meeting.

2. Limit the service of refreshments. By eliminating refreshments, council officers eliminate a common gathering spot where germs can be easily spread.

3. Consider hosting meetings in larger spaces to provide for socially distant meetings.

4. Clean thoroughly before and after meetings.

5. Encourage hand washing and sanitizing throughout the assembly.

6. Host hybrid meetings to accommodate those who state that they feel uncomfortable attending in person.

Should you have any questions regarding this important request, please feel free to contact your respective Department General Representative at your convenience.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

5.19.22 COVID 19 Representation Guideline to MTC Presidents

Ohio Marine Highway Jobs Rally Kicks Off Coast-to-Coast Tour to Rebuild America’s Maritime Industry

METAL TRADES

IN THE NEWS


MTD IN THE NEWS | May 9, 2022

Ohio Marine Highway Jobs Rally Kicks Off Coast-to-Coast Tour to Rebuild America’s Maritime Industry

 President Hart opened the rally with a call to action to build 200 ships across the next three years, rebuild the marine highway, and create hundreds of thousands of new union jobs. Watch the Live Stream of the event on our website.

On May 2, kicking off what he calls “a coast-to-coast tour to rebuild America’s Maritime Highway,” Metal Trades Department President Jimmy Hart — joined by leaders of the Ohio AFL-CIO and Ohio Building Trades — hosted a rally calling for the creation of good-paying jobs that would enhance U.S. national security, alleviate the supply chain crises, and bring long-overdue economic relief to cities and villages like Lorain and Lordstown, Ohio. In his remarks, Hart urged the redevelopment and expansion of the marine highway throughout our country’s inland and coastal waterways to accomplish these goals.

The rally was held to encourage the United States Navy, the White House, and elected officials to embrace the Bartlett Maritime Plan. The plan will bring up to 2-3 thousand construction jobs and 4,000 permanent metal trades manufacturing and production jobs to Lorain and Lordstown. “There is a rebirth happening in Lorain,” said Hart. “It will not be completed until we create tens of thousands of jobs across the country.”

The Bartlett Maritime Plan includes the proposal of building a submarine service facility in Lorain and a component repair facility in Lordstown that will aid the U.S. Navy’s submarines. 

Hart told rally goers that they plan to build 200 ships across the next three years. The goals of the project also include re-building the marine highway and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. 


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“Union workers built this country and strengthened our national security. Ohioans in Lorain, Lordstown, and across the state are ready now to do our part by expanding and improving our Naval shipyard performance,” said Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga. “Strategic investments in the Marine Highway are crucial to the Navy’s efficiencies, and readiness, and workers in Ohio and the Great Lakes region have what it takes to advance this mission,” Burga said.


Senator Sherrod Brown, Representative Tim Ryan, and Representative Marcy Kaptur took to the podium to express their support of the project and for working families in Ohio.


U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown


“Ohio workers have the talent and the skills to ensure we have a modern Navy, stronger than any in the world,” said Brown. “They just need leaders who actually make them a priority. I’m going to keep working with Tim and Marcy and with Ohio workers and companies to press for military investment in Ohio – and for all investments that have the potential to create Ohio jobs.”


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Representative Marcy Kaptur


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Representative Tim Ryan


Congressman Ryan expressed the importance of bringing back shipping jobs to Ohio.

“There are no workforces better equipped than Lordstown and Lorain to carry out the needs of our nation’s submarine fleet,” said Congressman Ryan. “Time after time, Ohio workers have showed up to answer our nation’s greatest challenges. Now it’s time our government shows up for Ohio workers. I will continue to fight like hell to create these good-paying jobs in Ohio and give every working Ohioan economic freedom and a fair shot at the American Dream.”

The proposal plans to build upon Ohio’s previous history of supporting the U.S. Navy. 

“Ohio has always been home to key elements of America’s naval industrial base,” said Captain Edward Bartlett, USMM, and founder of Bartlett Maritime Corporation. “Every nuclear-powered ship in the U.S. Navy, for instance, features unique components and equipment that were designed and built in Ohio. The Bartlett Maritime Plan builds on Ohio’s long heritage of support for the U.S. Navy and leverages the state’s abundant resources and world-class union workforce to help the Navy address the national security challenges associated with both nuclear-powered ship maintenance and submarine construction.” 



Other attendees included leaders and workers from area unions, as well as representatives from Bartlett Maritime Corporation. Many elected officials and individuals running for office also showed their support.

The project also aims to make an impact in response to the current international problems happening in other countries.

“The AFL-CIO Maritime Highway & National Supply Chain Resurgence Initiative is a major element and dramatic response to the international challenges from Russia and China to our national security,” said Rear Admiral Robert Frick, USN (Ret). “The efforts and progress made to restore and rebuild America and renew our national shipping, roads and bridges is directly linked to the incorporation and ever-increasing reliance on the coastal and inland maritime highways.”

In March, Bartlett told 3News Ohio television, that they hope for a ceremonial groundbreaking for both facilities in October and for construction to start at both locations in early spring 2023. Bartlett believes the Lordstown depot would be completed within two years and the Lorain shipyard in 3-4 years.

“America is at an inflection point and it is almost impossible to overstate how important this point in time really is,” said Hart. “Our country must decide at this moment how we will manage our economic, national security and climate goals. It is time for tested, national leadership to step up and I’m here to let America know that a defining moment in American history begins here today in Lorain, Ohio.” 

Hart told exuberant rally goers that Metal Trades Maritime unions have a plan to build 200 or more Jones Act feeder vessels, tugs, and barges, that will create hundreds of thousands of maritime and related supply chain jobs needed to facilitate the building of the offshore wind industry, solve the debilitating supply chain crises, and rebuild the American merchant marine fleet over the next 3-5 years, thereby restoring the United States to prominence as a premier sea power.

Watch the Live Stream of the event on our website.




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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, I would like to thank all the moms out there for everything they do. From being a support system for their friends and family to serving as role models for their children, union brothers and sisters, and colleagues. You all deserve to be celebrated today and every day.

Whether you are a mom, stepmom, single mom serving as both parents, or guardian serving in the role of mom, on behalf of the Metal Trades Department officers and staff, I wish you a happy Mother’s Day. May God bless you and keep you all.

Sincerely,
Jimmy Hart
President

You’re Invited—2022 Metal Trades Department Conference Registration is Open

TO:     All Executive Council Members

All Affiliated Union Presidents

All Key Representatives of Affiliated Unions

All Metal Trades Council Offices

All Metal Trades Management Partners

FROM:  James Hart, President Metal Trades Department

DATE:  April 29, 2022

RE:       Metal Trades Department 2022 Annual Conference

On behalf of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, it is my pleasure to invite you to join us at our 2022 Annual Metal Trades Department Conference which will be held October 31-November 3, 2022, at Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.

The theme for this year’s Conference is, ‘The Metal Trades: A Salute to Women in Labor’

Although the Conference is still in the early planning stages, the Department invites you to plan your trip in order that you may attend all Conference associated functions. The Department will host its Annual Charity Golf Tournament, to benefit the Guide Dogs of America-Tender Loving Canines on Monday, October 31. Affiliate caucus meetings will take place on Tuesday, November 1. Our meeting agenda, meeting notices, logistics, and sponsorship opportunities are available for download from our registration website at mtdregistration.com.

As is our custom, the Department will present conferees with an agenda featuring an impressive slate of speakers from the world of labor, management, professional services, and politics, all of whom are well versed in the matters that metal trades workers care most about.

Please feel free to register early for the Conference, our registration website is up and running at www.mtdregistration.com. Through our online registration website, you can book your hotel reservation simply by selecting the “Hotel Reservation” tab. Should you or your group choose not to avail yourselves of the online registration service in booking your room reservations, you may contact the hotel Reservation Center directly at (866-317-1829). Please be advised that you will incur a $15.00 processing fee for all reservations made directly with the hotel. The department has negotiated a special room rate of $145.00 per night, plus tax and resort fee ($25.00). Please reference the Metal Trades if registering by phone. Reservations must be made by Monday, September 12, 2022, to receive this rate. Reservations made after the cutoff are subject to availability and increased rates may apply.

We sincerely hope that you will join us and look forward to another successful Conference. If you have any questions, please contact MTD Operations Director, Lisa Johnson at (202) 508-3705 or via email at ljohnson@metaltrades.org.

 

In Solidarity,

James Hart

President

You’re Invited—2022 Metal Trades Department Conference Registration is Open

On behalf of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, it is my pleasure to invite you to join us at our 2022 Annual Metal Trades Department Conference which will be held October 31-November 3, 2022, at Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.

The theme for this year’s Conference is, ‘The Metal Trades: A Salute to Women in Labor’

Although the Conference is still in the early planning stages, the Department invites you to plan your trip in order that you may attend all Conference associated functions. The Department will host its Annual Charity Golf Tournament, to benefit the Guide Dogs of America-Tender Loving Canines on Monday, October 31. Affiliate caucus meetings will take place on Tuesday, November 1. Our meeting agenda, meeting notices, logistics, and sponsorship opportunities are available for download from our registration website at mtdregistration.com.

Workers Memorial Day

Workers Memorial Day

Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, President Jimmy Hart Special Message… Observance of Workers’ Memorial Day

“Mourn for the dead and fight like hell for the living,” or some variation thereof has been used as a rallying cry in the labor movement and the slogan surrounding Workers Memorial Day for decades. Attributed to Mother Jones, who was said to have told a group of miners in 1902, “Your organization is not a praying institution. It’s a fighting institution. It’s an educational institution along industrial lines. Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living!”

Today, the labor movement observes Workers Memorial Day on the anniversary of the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Since its passage, safety has become a fundamental right. But as we all know, far too many workers are still being injured and killed on the job.

North America’s Metal Trades workforce toil at some of the most dangerous jobs in the world. And while the Metal Trades Department, its Councils, and our affiliated international unions work hard to ensure that all workers come home safely at the end of the day, there are still unnecessary injuries and fatalities on worksites throughout the nation.

The American labor movement must continue to lead the fight for more oversight, real penalties, and proper staffing at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). We need to hold Congress and the administration accountable for strengthening the mission, oversight, and authority of all government agencies and provide them with the resources necessary to ensure that all working people have safe jobs.

The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, and its affiliates are committed to promoting and ensuring that action on critical safety and health protections against preventable hazards: infectious diseases, heat illness, workplace violence, and exposure to silica and other toxins that kill tens of thousands of workers each year are implemented, maintained and improved.

Together we must use our collective voices to win stronger safety and health protections!

Today we observe Workers Memorial Day, but each day is one where workers and their unions must continue to vigorously fight like hell for the living and not rest until that special day arrives where we no longer must mourn for the injured and dead.

May God Bless and always keep safe the working men and women of our nation and the world.