Give Thanks

Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is usually our time to gather with family and friends and give thanks for what we have and all that we have achieved.

While this year we may have to forgo our large family gatherings, we can still give thanks for our bountiful blessings. I know that many Americans will not have the fortune of seeing their family this year. However, we can all take solace in knowing that this too shall pass and as Americans we will come back stronger and wiser.

Let’s never forget that materials items, no matter how indispensable to our way of life, can never amount to more than a foundation to live our lives. We must all build upon that foundation and create the type of people that we long to be. Yesterday is a cancelled check, tomorrow is a promissory note and only how you live life in the day and moment actually counts. Who we are as individuals and a collective people is what will define our legacy on earth.

Throughout the years, with Thanksgiving Day being no exception, union families have many times found themselves faced with adversity. A national emergency such as this pandemic defines who we are as a nation. Being an American shouldn’t change who you are; but it surely should reveal who you are. Being a union member reveals who we are, and each day metal trades workers, first responders and medical emergency professionals are stepping up and being revealed as true patriots, forsaking their safety and health and that of their families on behalf of the greater national good. No matter how difficult the challenge, how formidable the foe, one thing is certain, this is who we are, this is what we do and we are UNION Proud. This Thanksgiving, and every day we rise.

So, on this occasion, I thank you for being part of our Metal Trades family. Please join me in thanking each and every one of the proud, brave men and women of our nation’s armed forces and all Americans who work tirelessly to ensure and provide our safety, health and comfort each and every day.

On behalf of the Metal Trades Department, I wish you a happy, healthy Thanksgiving Day Holiday. Please be safe, wear mask, social distance and love one another.

May God bless you and your families …. God bless America!

MTD President Hart: Thank You Veterans

MTD President Hart: Thank You Veterans


In the midst of a health pandemic and the ensuing political turmoil surrounding this devastating event that has wreaked undue hardship upon Americans of all walks of life, Americans can always depend upon our nations armed forces and its cherished veterans to answer the call to duty, whether it be to protect and preserve our precious liberties or defend our homeland and peoples from harm. That is why on this Veterans Day, the Metal Trades Department, its officers, affiliates and councils pay homage to America’s veterans, all of whom comprise the sacred fabric of America and make up a large component of our Metal Trades Councils. All of our allied international unions have programs dedicated to training and hiring veterans or those about to close out their military careers and our Metal Trades unions and employers embrace our nations veterans with open arms of gratitude in thanks for their service and commitment to our nation.

On behalf of the entire Metal Trades community, I would like to thank all of our nation’s veterans. Your service and sacrifice have ensured that we all benefit from a free and open democracy. Thank you for protecting us at home and abroad and for your selfless service to our wonderful country.

I wish you a happy, safe and healthy Veterans Day. God bless you and your families. Thank you for your sacrifice. God bless America!

Build Back Better | Vote 2020

Building Back Better means an updated social contract that treats American workers and working families as essential at all times, not just times of crisis.

This starts with passing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, providing public service and federal government workers with bargaining rights, and taking other steps to make it easier for workers to organize unions and collectively bargain.

— Joe Biden, 2020, Workers First Agenda

HAMMER Training Restarts After COVID-19 Shutdown

HAMMER Training Restarts After COVID-19 Shutdown


“HAMMER is the most important labor-management partnerships in this country. It successfully brings together diverse groups to solve and debate the important education, health and safety issues of the day. HAMMER should not be unique to Hanford but shared throughout the DOE Complex and become the signature model for tripartite relations throughout North America”

HAMMER Training Restarts After COVID-19 Shutdown

On May 28, 2020, the HAMMER Federal Training Center located on the Hanford Site in Richland, Washington successfully reopened its doors and restarted instructor-led, hands-on training for the workforce. Training had been put on hold in March when the Department of Energy closed the site to all but essential mission-critical operations personnel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Planning for HAMMER’s restart with the shifting COVID-19 landscape required the establishment of new processes including safety procedures and training methods. The HAMMER Worker Trainers, members of HAMTC or CWB&CTC who teach part time, would be key to the successful reopening of training starting with Respiratory Protection, HAZWOPER, and Beryllium courses.

COVID-19 safety and health considerations and ways to mitigate the hazards were a huge challenge. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with OSHA, Washington State, and Hanford Site guidance were constantly modified as the pandemic progressed. There were many who doubted a safe reopening of HAMMER would be possible. Many of the Worker Trainers stepped forward and accepted the challenge to reopen and teach classes. Some were not able to participate due to concerns for family and personal health.

Hanford workers face many hazards in their daily work including chemical, radiological, heat/cold stress, just to name a few. They understand what needs to be done to mitigate hazards both in general and specifically. COVID-19 hazards would require a deeper look at all activities involved in training and working at HAMMER in order to keep personnel safe. The Worker Trainers stepped up and took ownership of what would need to be done to reopen their classes.

HAMMER Training Restarts After COVID-19 Shutdown (pdf)


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VOTE 2020—Where the Candidates Stand on Labor

VOTE 2020—Where the Candidates Stand on Labor


Biden vs Trump

Where the Candidates Stand on Labor

“It’s up to you to compare the records and decide which candidate in the race is truly committed to America’s Working Families … Your Vote Counts. Use It!”

— Jimmy Hart, Metal Trades Department President

Joe Biden

Donald Trump


“Unions did in fact build the middle class. And here’s what that did. That built the United States of America as we know it.”

Joe Biden


“We’ve had great support from [union] workers, the people that work, the real workers, but I love the right to work. I like it better because it is lower. I like it because it gives great flexibility to the people. It gives great flexibility to the companies.”

Donald Trump

Biden: Workers’ Rights

Strengthening Workers’ Rights. Biden will defend our right to organize, crack down on companies bargaining in bad faith, and make it easier for working people to come together and form unions. (Politico, 10/25/19)


Biden pledged to enact the Pro Act, a bill to strengthen labor laws, hold executives “personally liable” for interfering in workers’ attempts to unionize and roll back legislation weakening unions to “guarantee all workers have a right to collectively bargain.” (Forbes, 09/07/2020)

Trump: Workers’ Rights

Weakening Workers’ Rights. Trump has pushed to curtail the bargaining rights of public workers and his administration has made it harder for working people to come together to form unions. (The Washington Post, 8/30/17)

Trump’s National Labor Relations Board has also moved to weaken unions and undercut workers’ ability to band together. By making it harder to define companies like McDonald’s as joint employers, the NLRB has made it far more difficult for workers employed by subcontractors and franchised companies to unionize. (The American Prospect, 8/30/19)

Biden: Apprenticeships

Investing in the Registered Apprenticeship Program. Biden will invest $50 billion in workforce training to expand opportunities for young people and will work with unions to increase apprenticeships. (Candidate website, 8/20/20)

Trump: Apprenticeships

Weakened Apprenticeship Programs. The Trump administration has moved to undercut long-established union apprentice programs, weakening standards and allowing subpar programs to self-certify. (Inside Higher Ed., 1/22/19)

Biden: Right to Work Laws

Ending Right to Work Laws. Biden will work to repeal states’ ability to impose “right to work” laws on their workers, so CEOs no longer will be able to push these laws that weaken unions and lower worker pay. (Politico, 10/25/19)

Trump: Right to Work Laws

Defending Right to Work Laws. The Trump administration has defended right to work laws that lead to lower pay and benefits for working people and higher pay for corporate CEOs. (The Washington Post, 8/30/17)

Biden: Retirement Security

Protecting our Retirement. Biden will defend our hard-earned negotiated pensions and will work to protect multiemployer plans. He fully supports Social Security and Medicare. (CNBC, 7/29/19)

Trump: Retirement Security

Putting Retirement Security at Risk. Trump has put Medicare and Social Security at risk by proposing billions of dollars in cuts. And under his watch, a looming crisis in multiemployer pensions has gotten even worse. (Vox, 3/12/19)

Biden: Health Care

Expanding Access to Health Care. Biden will protect health care access for American with preexisting conditions and work to lower the costs of health care and prescription drugs for working families. (Candidate website, 8/20/20)

Trump: Health Care

Made Health Care Less Accessible. Trump’s war on health care has made it much harder for working people to access quality, affordable insurance. Seven million more Americans are now uninsured than when he took office. (Gallup, 1/23/19)

Biden: Infrastructure

Investing in America’s Infrastructure. Biden will invest in rebuilding our infrastructure—roads and bridges, energy grids, schools and universal broadband—creating good-paying union jobs. (Candidate website, 8/20/20)

Trump: Infrastructure

Passed Massive Tax Giveaway Instead of Infrastructure Funding. Trump rammed through a massive tax giveaway to big corporations and their CEOs while doing nothing to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. (The Washington Post, 12/19/17)

Biden: Public Employees

Defending Public Employees. Biden will establish a federal right to organize and collectively bargain for all public sector employees. And he will provide much-needed aid to state and local governments. (Candidate website, 8/20/20)

Trump: Public Employees

Attacking Public Employees. Trump has stripped thousands of federal workers of previously negotiated rights and protections. His Supreme Court appointee cast the deciding vote to impose “right to work” on all public employees. (Government Executive, 3/28/18)

Biden: Raising Wages

Paying Working People a Living Wage. Biden supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and ending the tipped minimum wage, so that one full-time job is enough to live on. (Candidate website, 8/20/20)

Trump: Raising Wages

Opposed a Higher Minimum Wage. Trump has blocked any increase in the federal minimum wage, which remains $7.25 an hour. And he stopped a rule change to pay more workers their earned overtime pay. (The Hill, 11/1/18; CBS News, 9/24/19). Trump has publicly said that US wages are “too high.” (CNN, 11/12/15)

Biden: Buy American

Calls for $700 Billion ‘Buy American’ Campaign. Biden outlined plans to boost manufacturing by toughening “Buy American” provisions for federal contracts. He proposed a new tax penalty for companies that “offshore jobs” but a new tax incentive for those that invest in domestic facilities. In 2009 during the height of the Great Recession, Biden helped craft the auto industry bailout that save thousands of U.S. jobs. (Candidate Campaign Rally, 9/3/2020)


Trump: Buy American

Trump promised to make more products in the USA and boost American manufacturing, but he failed. Instead, manufacturing fell into a recession, Trump incentivized offshoring, and his “Buy American” agenda made no meaningful difference.

Despite his promises, companies moved jobs overseas during Trump’s presidency. In Trump’s first year alone, nearly 200,000 jobs moved overseas. (The Guardian, 7/10/2019)

Metal Trades Mobile

The mobile source for up-to-date news and information from the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO. This app contains news feeds and information of interest to union members. It links to our social media pages and our photos. Keeps you apprised of upcoming events and allows our users to identify and contact their members of Congress. We will also alert you to breaking news and important information when you allow “push notifications.”

Coalition Chronicle Spotlights Hart in Member Update

Coalition Chronicle Spotlights Hart in Member Update

The Coalition Chronicle — a report to the national industrial base workforce coalition — spotlighted Metal Trades President James Hart in its September edition. In the article, the newsletter highlighted President Hart’s recent presentation to the Defense Science Board discussing the labor perspective on the issue of industrial capability needed to meet current and future national security threats faced by the US.

Read the full article in the attached pdf.

Coalition Chronicle September 2020



Resources Available to Affected Member in the Pacific Northwest & California

Dozens of historic deadly wildfires continue to consume millions of acres in the west, especially in California, Oregon and Washington where in some cases entire towns have been destroyed and tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes.

Most evacuees have had to leave quickly with little advance notice, taking what few belongings they could. Thousands of homes and businesses have been incinerated. Weather conditions are improving, but the fire danger isn’t over. Wildfires are also burning in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

The Metal Trades Department has compiled a list of resources for our members and employment partners. If you need additional assistance, contact your MTD General Representative.

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