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.

President Hart Pens Letter to President Trump

Metal Trades Department President James Hart sent the following letter to President Trump regarding concern over the more than half a million dollars in funds being diverted from construction projects at worldwide military installations.

September 10, 2019

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20500


Dear President Trump:


On behalf of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, I would like to express my deep concern about your decision to divert more than half a billion dollars from construction projects at worldwide military installations.


This action will not only affect the morale and readiness of today’s active military, but our wage grade metal trades workforce that is depending upon many of the upgrades to federal maintenance facilities that your administration worked hard to successfully fund.


For the last 17 years, our nation has been at war. We now have the first generation of servicemen and women who all volunteered to serve and possibly die for their country during a military conflict. This is no small sacrifice. The very least we can do is to ensure that these war fighters, families and their support services are reinforced by the country they have dedicated their lives to.


Restoring the promises made to our nation’s service members and supporting metal trades cast is the right thing to do. To this end, we respectfully request that you reverse your decision to redirect funding and reinvest in our nation’s military and federal workforce.


Thank you for considering this important request.


James Hart

Labor Day Message

By James Hart, Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO President

Labor Day has great meaning to many. For me, it’s a call to action, a reminder to double down on our efforts and encourage our brothers and sisters and all Americans to defend the labor movement against those who would seek to erase the past and erode the rights our unions have gained for us over the years.

There is a long history of workers rising up to fight back against the injustices placed upon them. Our history still has yet to be written.

Labor has seen many victories this year from teacher’s strikes to grocery and hotel workers winning improved wages and benefits.

But, as labor leaders and union members, it’s clear our job is not done. It has only just begun. In our Metal Trades councils across the country, there are 21st century labor heroes blazing new paths, fighting injustice and making lives better for all workers. Neither the Metal Trades or organized labor needs to apologize for its beliefs, policies and actions, as they are not rooted in the self-interest of labor, but related to the basic unmet needs of all workers. Let’s take a moment this holiday weekend to remember the working class heroes that came before us by marching side by side with our next generation of labor leaders and members who are fighting for safer conditions in our factories, plants, and construction sites, equal pay for women, minimum wage laws, or dignity and progress in our workplaces.

May God bless America, our nation’s armed forces, first responders, and every worker who toils and commits to truly making America great. Please enjoy this weekend of reflection and celebration with friends, colleagues, and loved ones, and as always enjoy a safe and healthy holiday!

Metal Trades Department Joins Other FWA Unions in Letter Condemning Union Busting of Immigration Judges

The Metal Trades Department joined its allies at the Federal Workers Alliance (FWA) in a letter to congress asking the Chairpersons and Ranking Members on the Appropriations Committees/Subcommittees of jurisdiction, to block the Department of Justice’s blatant union busting of IFPTE Judicial Council 2/The National Association of Immigration Judges, representing the nation’s more than 400 Immigration Judges (IJs).
See the full letter (pdf)

Philly Shipyard Begins Work on Dry Docking Contract for MARAD Ship

Philly Shipyard Begins Work on Dry Docking Contract for MARAD Ship

The Metal Trades Department is proud to join with the Philly Shipyard in announcing the Philly Shipyard has been selected for the Antares repair.  The SS Antares is an Algol class vehicle cargo ship, owned by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) and managed by TOTE Services. The SS Antares undergoes routine repair and maintenance during its scheduled dry docking every five years.

Work on the SS Antares is expected to last approximately two months.  Philly Shipyard’s objective is to win similar repair and maintenance contracts going forward in order to continuously utilize its drydocks as part of its plan to reconstitute its workforce.

“This is the first step in restoring the Philly Shipyard to its prominence,” said Metal Trades Department President James Hart. “We are pleased that this contract will allow the yard to recall some of our vital Philadelphia Metal Trades workforce and will continue to work with the yard to pursue additional opportunities.”