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.
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.”
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.
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.