Resources available to affected members 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.

Bremerton MTD, Puget Sound MTC, Portland MTC and Indian Wells Valley/China Lake MTC:

The IAMAW members can contact the IAM disaster relief fund:

Disaster Relief Guides

IAMAW Disaster Relief Guidelines

UA Members can contact the UA emergency relief fund, contact your local Business Manager

Bremerton MTC:
UA Local 26
Business Manager: Todd Taylor
Office: (360) 486-9370
Email: todd@ua26.org

Puget Sound MTC
UA Local 32
Business Manager: Jeffery Owen
Office: (425) 277-6754 Cell: (206) 300-9205
Email: jeff@ualocal32.com

Portland MTC
UA Local 290
Business Manager:
Lou Christian
20210 SW Teton Ave
Tualatin, OR 97062
(503) 691-5700 Office Main

China Lake MTC
UA Local 460
Business Manager: Steven M. Gomez
Office: (661) 589-4600 Cell: (661) 699-2374
Email: sgomez@local460.com

IBB Members should contact their local business managers and they will assist them with the Boilermakers Disaster Relief Fund.

Bremerton MTC
IBB Local 290
Business Manager: Deana Cain
Office: (360) 377-0811 Cell: (360) 689-3232
Email: dcain67@gmail.com

Puget Sound & Portland MTC
IBB Local 104
Business Manager: Steve Behling
Office: (206) 623-6473 Cell: (206) 854-4902
Email: stevebehling@boilermakerslocal104.org

IUPAT Members can utilize the IUPAT Mash Fund member assistance fund for Locals 300 & 1964.

Puget Sound MTC
IUPAT Local 300
Business Manager: Todd Springer
Office: (206) 441-5554
Email: tspringer@iupatdc5.org

Portland MTC
IUPAT Local 10
Business Manager: Scott Oldham
Cell: (971) 219-3299
Email: scotto@iupatdc5.org

In Portland the Labor’s Community Service Agency can be of service.

LABOR’S COMMUNITY SERVICE AGENCY, INC. a United Way of the Columbia-Willamette Community Partner
9955 SE Washington #301, Portland OR 97216
Phone: 503-231-4962
Email: director@lcsaportland.org
Website: lcsaportland.org

MTD Salutes Retiring HFIAW President McCourt; Lauds IBEW’s Appointment of Cooper as IVP

MTD Salutes Retiring HFIAW President McCourt; Lauds IBEW’s Appointment of Cooper as IVP

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MTD Salutes Retiring HFIAW President McCourt; Lauds IBEW’s Appointment of Cooper as IVP

HFIAW General President McCourt addressed delegates and guests at the 2018 MTD Annual Conference with MTD President Hart

John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” At the Metal Trades Department, we have been extremely lucky to have so many great leaders at all levels from our local affiliated unions and councils to our international affiliates. I am proud to have worked with, and learned from, so many great labor advocates. I salute their service to America’s working families.

— James Hart, MTD President

 Newly appointed IBEW IVP Gina Cooper is sworn in making her the first woman to serve on the IBEW Executive Board

MTD Lauds the Appointment of Cooper as IVP at IBEW

Metal Trades Department President James Hart made the following statement regarding the appointment of Gina Cooper to the position of International Vice President at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

“We applaud the IBEW’s appointment of Gina Cooper to the position of IVP. Ms. Cooper has worked closely with the Metal Trades Department for many years in her previous position as the international representative in the Fourth District, Washington, DC. She is a brilliant labor leader who has affected change for thousands of IBEW members across the country. Ms. Cooper is a skilled organizer, strategist and advocate for working families who will bring her incredible insight and expertise to the executive leadership at the international.

We congratulate Ms. Cooper in her historic appointment as the first woman to serve as an international vice president at the IBEW and laud the IBEW for choosing such a bright talent for the position. The men and women of the IBEW and the labor movement as a whole will benefit from Vice President Cooper’s talent and tenacity.”

Cooper replaces International Vice President Brian Malloy, who passed away following a heroic battle with lung cancer.

 

Insulators’ Union General President and Metal Trades Executive Council Vice President James “Bud” McCourt Retires

The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers General President James “Bud” McCourt retired effective September 7. President McCourt also served on the Executive Council of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, since his appointment to the presidency of the HFIAW in 2016.

HFIAW Secretary-Treasurer Gregory T. Revard will succeed President McCourt. International Vice President Douglas N. Gamble will assume the role of Secretary-Treasurer.

“Bud McCourt is a dear friend of the Metal Trades and he will be sorely missed. We wish him a long and happy retirement,” said Jimmy Hart, MTD President.

“Bud has always been generous with his time and knowledge of the labor movement to the benefit of our Metal Trades members and affiliates. We are grateful for his career of service and know that the HFIAW will continue to be in the most capable hands under General President Revard,” said Hart.

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A Labor Day Message from Metal Trades Department President Jimmy Hart

A Labor Day Message from Metal Trades Department President Jimmy Hart

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A Labor Day Message from Metal Trades Department President Jimmy Hart

James Hart, Metal Trades Department President

Celebrating Labor Day this year brings unique challenges for America’s working families. While large gatherings and travel are discouraged or even prohibited, families can and should still recognize the holiday as one that celebrates workers. 

For me, this Labor Day will be a time to celebrate our first responders and frontline workers who have continued to put themselves in harm’s way as our country has endured this pandemic. The healthcare workers, doctors and nurses, hospital employees from janitors to construction and maintenance workers who have continued to treat patients, sanitize facilities and construct entire emergency hospital outbuildings in a matter of days to combat this dangerous virus. I will celebrate the researchers and scientists who are studying the virus and searching for viable treatments and an eventual vaccine. I will celebrate our first responders who are still fighting fires, saving lives and protecting our streets. I will celebrate our nation’s grocery workers, farmers, truck drivers and manufacturing workers who have ensured our access to the daily necessities of life. 

And of course, I will celebrate you, the Metal Trades workforce, as you report to work daily to some of the most dangerous jobs in the country that are now made more difficult by potential exposure to a very dangerous illness, ever mindful that you are the indestructible fabric that weaves America’s national security safety net together. 

Unions are the great experiment which unites men and women of all races, faiths, occupations and political beliefs. It is because of the beautiful mosaic which is the labor movement that workers have been able to defy and frustrate anti worker forces who believe time and time again, that they could divide and conquer us from within.

This Labor Day, I urge you all to continue to practice social distancing, wear your mask and wash your hands. Take time to enjoy family and friends while remembering that this pandemic shall pass. May God bless all workers, keep them safe and always look over them. 

God bless America! 

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Metal Trades Support of FMCS Director Nominee Leads to Unanimous Senate Approval

Metal Trades Support of FMCS Director Nominee Leads to Unanimous Senate Approval

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Metal Trades Support of FMCS Director Nominee Leads to Unanimous Senate Approval

“The Metal Trades Department will work with Republicans or Democrats so long as they support the mission of America’s working families. I was proud to support Director Giacolone, and believe that he will continue to be an asset to the FMCS.” — James Hart, Metal Trades Department President

Richard Giacolone was nominated in 2019 by President Trump as Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). Since his nomination, his confirmation had languished in the Senate until recently when MTD President Hart and IAM President Martinez stepped in to support Mr. Giacolone.

“Mr. Giacolone served as the mediator of the Bath Iron Works strike and both President Martinez and I felt he was fair and acted in the best interest of all parties,” said MTD President Hart. “We wanted to support his nomination for Director of FMCS so we set out to move his confirmation forward.”

“After speaking to several Senate advisors, we were told that his confirmation hearing was unlikely due to the fact that his nomination had been held in the Senate for almost two years. Even if it were to be considered we were facing a time crunch with the Senate’s August recess,” explained Hart.

Knowing that the odds were against them and that they faced stringent timelines, Hart and Martinez both wrote letters of support and successfully asked AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to do the same. After speaking with Trumka to explain why he too should support Mr. Giacolone, Hart reached out to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Senate Leader McConnell and Sen. Collins and urged them to also support the Acting Director and add his confirmation to the calendar.

In a surprising move, the Senate took up Mr. Giacolone’s nomination on August 13 confirming his appointment with unanimous consent.

“Richard Giacolone is a fair and equitable choice for the office of Director of the FMCS,” says Hart.

“The Metal Trades Department will work with Republicans or Democrat so long as they support the mission of America’s working families. I was proud to support Director Giacolone, and believe that he will continue to be an asset to the agency. Labor’s support helped ensure he was confirmed, but his work speaks for itself.”

Senate Confirms FMCS Director >

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Metal Trades Department Affiliate, IAM Settles Largest Strike of 2020

Metal Trades Department Affiliate, IAM Settles Largest Strike of 2020

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Metal Trades Department Affiliate, IAM Settles Largest Strike of 2020

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local S6 members recently settled their eight-week strike at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.

IAM Local S6 were driven to strike in June when the company offered unacceptable proposals on subcontractors, work rules and seniority. Federal mediators helped both sides reach a tentative agreement on Aug. 7. IAM Local S6 members received the contract in the mail and voted online and by telephone from 12:01 a.m., Friday, Aug. 21 to noon, Sunday, Aug. 23.

In a statement issued by the IAM, President Martinez praised the members, “IAM Local S6 has shown the world that together working people can stand up and win for themselves, their families and their communities. This fight for dignity, justice and good Maine jobs will go down in the history books of the Machinists Union and all of organized labor. I could not be more proud of our IAM Local S6 membership and negotiating committee, District 4 representatives, Eastern Territory staff and everyone who stood with the IAM and the best shipbuilders in the world. We are also grateful for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and Director Richard Giacolone for helping us get this agreement resolved.”

MTD President Hart echoed President Martinez’s statements, “As an interested party in the unionized shipbuilding industry, I monitored this strike closely. Everyone involved in these negotiations should be extremely proud of this agreement

For his part, President Hart has been singled out for building bridges between the IAM and members of the Trump Administration. Dr. Peter Navarro, Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy for the Trump Administration lauded MTD President Hart for his assistance in bringing the parties together to help settle the strike at Bath Iron Works.

Bath Iron Works is a subsidiary of General Dynamics and builds guided-missile destroyers for the U.S. Navy.

Associated Links:

Statement from IAMAW on Bath Agreement

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Union Reach Agreement

Navarro Lauds MTD President Hart for His Part in Helping to Settle Bath Iron Works Strike

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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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