Air Engineering Metal Trades Council Settles Two Week Unfair Labor Practice Strike; Wins Best Primary Base Contract in 70 year history

Air Engineering Metal Trades Council Settles Two Week Unfair Labor Practice Strike; Wins Best Primary Base Contract in 70 year history

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MTD IN THE NEWS | JULY 26, 2021

Air Engineering Metal Trades Council Settles Two Week Unfair Labor Practice Strike; Wins Best Primary Base Contract in 70 year history

 Photo:AEMTC Member Randy Brannon shows his union pride on the picket line at Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma, Tenn.

In early July, members of the Air Engineering Metal Trades Council (AEMTC) went on an unfair labor practice strike against Bechtel majority owned company, National Aeronautic Solutions/ Chugash LLC, resulting in a two-week work stoppage at the Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

AEMTC representatives cited bad faith bargaining practices and contempt by the company for the council in its pursuit during negotiations for fair wages, maintenance and control over health care premiums, benefits and dignity in the workplace for this highly skilled workforce as the motivation for the strike.

The company NAS/Chugash had sought to cut employee coverage from 18 months to 12 months, which metal trades workers deemed to be a non-starter for them. Metal Trades Department President Jimmy Hart said, “Strikers specifically took issue with proposed management cuts to employer/employee cost sharing plans and benefits to long term disability insurance plans that workers and their families depend upon.  These are some of the most dangerous jobs in the country and after two-weeks, I am pleased to report that the work stoppage at Arnold Air Force Base has been settled.”

“The new contract, ratified by a three-to-one majority of the council members on Friday, July 16 represents the best ever collective bargaining agreement on a prime base contract at Arnold Air Force Base,” said Hart.

The contract provides the following:

 

1.     A three-year deal with yearly general wage increases of 3.25%, 3% and 3%.

2.     Removal of a 5% cap on Company/ Union 80/20 shared health care premiums.

3.     Maintenance of existing contract language on important Individual Disability Policy.

4.     Substantially reduced a 40-year wage progression practice by the company which demeaned and exploited the skills of new hires with contract language that provided for a starting pay of 80% of the top tier wage and three years to top out regardless of training and experience.

5.     Provided for sick pay to new employees starting on day one of employment.

6.     Increase caps on employee vacation banks.

7.     Eight language changes in contract that benefit workforce.

8.     No concessions.

 

The more than 700 workers covered under the agreement will returned to work on Wednesday, July 21.


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Scenes from the picket line. Members lined up daily for two weeks outside the Arnold Air Force Base.


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Members of the Air Engineering Metal Trades Council toast to the new collective bargaining agreement reached between them and negotiators with National Aerospace Solutions, LLC. The Council membership ratified a new three-year contract with NAS after a two-week strike over unfair labor practices.


REMINDER: Registration is Open for the MTD 71st Convention

71st Convention to Be Held Oct. 13 — Virtual

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Registration is now open for delegates and guests for the 71st Convention of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO. The Convention will be conducted virtually on line and held on October 13, 2021.

Register Now!

The department is working with an outside vendor to plan and execute the Convention, which was forced to move to an online platform due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 restrictions.

The MTD Executive Council voted unanimously to conduct the Convention virtually. While it appears as though the country is beginning to open up, the planning time needed to put together an event of this scope, the international travel restrictions for our Canadian delegates, and the uncertainty surrounding state and local restrictions come October, required that the Executive Council make the difficult decision to conduct the Convention virtually and online.

“While ideally, we would like to hold the Convention in person, we just felt that it was in the best interest of our members and guests that we adapt our meeting to an online platform,” explained President Hart. “We look forward to returning to in-person Conferences and meetings with our affiliates and their members in 2022.”

Details and registration information for the Convention can be found here.

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In late May, America hit a milestone: More than half of the country’s population had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. But we still have a ways to go. Getting vaccinated is an important tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and put an end to the pandemic. We have lost too many co-workers, friends and family members from COVID-19. We must do everything we can to get as many vaccines into the arms of Americans as possible. Before we rush back into enjoying all of the things we used to before the pandemic—the sporting events, the nights out, the dinners at our favorite restaurants—let’s keep building vaccine confidence to make sure we never have to endure a year like 2020 again.

Here are the reasons why it’s important we all get the vaccine:

  • Getting vaccinated helps keep you from getting sick or seriously ill even if you get COVID-19.
  • Getting vaccinated protects your family, friends and co-workers, particularly the most vulnerable people who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Getting vaccinated is the safest way to build protection for you, your loved ones and your entire community.
  • Getting vaccinated produces immunity in your body against the virus.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The results from clinical trials have shown this to be true. Vaccine use would not be authorized if they weren’t deemed safe.
  • Getting vaccinated does not cause you to get sick with COVID-19. After getting vaccinated, you might have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection.
  • Getting vaccinated is an important tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and put an end to the pandemic. Continue to wear a mask when you’re inside public places, stay 6 feet apart from people who don’t live with you and who may not be vaccinated, avoid crowds and wash your hands frequently.
  • Vaccines are effective and important, and are another layer of protection that also includes strong health and safety protections in the workplace that prevent you from being exposed to COVID-19. Workplaces are high-risk settings for COVID-19 exposures because many people breathe in the same air, for long periods of time, and do not know if others are infected with COVID-19.
  • Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is how we make sure we put an end to the pandemic.

OK, now you know why it’s important. Do your part so we can finally leave the pandemic behind.


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Trump Must Go

Trump Must Go

METAL TRADES
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The seditious attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 was incited by President Trump’s flagrant lies and assault upon our Constitution. Yesterday’s lukewarm concession speech doesn’t change or heal our nation and its people in any way.

Politicians and leaders from all walks of life must discard and disavow the President who once and for all must be held accountable for his insidious attacks on the electoral process that has now culminated in death and mayhem that defies description and threatens the peaceful transfer of power.

The collective Labor Movement, without fear or favor, must condemn and demand that the domestic terrorists that entered our nation’s hallowed halls of government in order to desecrate and destroy the legacy of democracy and who wickedly intimidated and attacked elected officials, law enforcement and staff of the US House, Senate and Executive Branch who were performing their constitutional duties that deadly day be charged, trialed and punished.

The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, acted swiftly on that heinous day, by immediately calling upon Vice President Pence to convene the Cabinet and remove President Trump from office by invoking the 25th Amendment of the United States Constitution. 

Our nation’s Capitol Building and the glorious history of our nation and its people matter. President Trump unleashed an unprecedented assault on the institutions of our democracy.

His actions cannot be tolerated!

I call upon Congress to remove the President of the United States from Office immediately.

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Metal Trades Workers at Philly Shipyard Cut First Steel on NSMV

Metal Trades Workers at Philly Shipyard Cut First Steel on NSMV

METAL TRADES
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Metal Trades Workers at Philly Shipyard Cut First Steel on NSMV

NSMV I Start of Fabrication Ceremony – December 15, 2020
Watch the video here

TOTE Services and Philly Shipyard achieved the first construction milestone moving toward a new era in maritime education with the cutting of steel for the new National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV) at Philly Shipyard. Includes remarks by Jeff Dixon, President, TOTE Services; Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, Administrator, U.S. DOT MARAD; and Steinar Nerbovik President & CEO, Philly Shipyard.

On December 15, 2020 Metal Trades Workers at the Philly Shipyard began construction of the new National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV). The NSMV will be used as a training facility for America’s future mariners and, as needed, to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.

“This new state-of-the-art modern school training ship will be a tremendous addition to the U.S. Flag fleet, be available to respond to disaster relief efforts, and support about 1,200  jobs in Philly Shipyard,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.

“Philadelphia Metal Trades Council President Lou Agre and I spent the better part of a year working to get this ship built at the Philly Shipyard by Metal Trades Workers — the best damn shipbuilders in the world,” said Metal Trades Department President Jimmy Hart. “It is a great day seeing the first piece of steel cut.”

In April, TOTE Services, LLC, was contracted to be the Vessel Construction Manager for the NSMV program. TOTE then contracted Philly Shipyard, Inc. to construct up to five NSMVs.

“TOTE Services is proud to have been awarded a contract by MARAD to be the vessel construction manager for this new, state-of-the-art training ship that will help provide qualified officers to support the domestic maritime industry,” said TOTE Services President Jeff Dixon. “Each of us at TOTE Services is thrilled to be part of this historic investment in the U.S. maritime industry, and are working closely with MARAD and Philly Shipyard to advance this new class of vessel built by union labor in a U.S. shipyard with U.S.-made steel and U.S.-made engines.”

Steinar Nerbovik, Philly Shipyard President and CEO said: “This is a tremendous honor and recognition of our history of building high quality ships over the last 17 years. This project begins a new chapter in our history, a new customer and the first in series, which is a challenge we are eager to meet. I am confident that our workforce will deliver ships that the state academy cadets will be proud to sail for many years to come.”

The NSMV program is an important investment in the U.S. shipbuilding industry, which supports nearly 400,000 American jobs.

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HAMMER Training Restarts After COVID-19 Shutdown

HAMMER Training Restarts After COVID-19 Shutdown

METAL TRADES
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“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

METAL TRADES
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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)

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Metal Trades Patriots to Overhaul US Naval Hospital Ship Mercy

Metal Trades Patriots to Overhaul US Naval Hospital Ship Mercy

METAL TRADES
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Metal Trades Patriots to Overhaul US Naval Hospital Ship Mercy

 Metal Trades workers at Vigor Marine in Portland will perform a complete overhaul on the USNS Ship Mercy

 

In June, Vigor Marine was awarded a $56,450,644 firm-fixed price contract to overhaul and dry dock the hospital ship U.S. Naval USNS Ship Mercy.

The work will be performed at the Portland shipyard and is expected to be completed in August 2021.

Philly Shipyard Awaits Defense Budget Approval Awarding Two New Hospital Ship Contracts to the Yard

On the brink of collapse just one year ago, the Philly Shipyard was awarded a contract for the construction of up to five (5) National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMV) from TOTE Services, LLC.

In addition to its NSMV contract, Philly Shipyard anticipates an award to build two Towing, Salvage, and Rescue Ships (T-ATS) should the DoD FY21 Budget be approved in Congress.

See page 95 of the United States Department of Defense FY 21 Budget Request

 

Single Point of Contact Model Making a Difference at Vigor

Benjamin Heurung, MTD West Coast General Rep.

The Single Point of Contact model of representation is a negotiated and vital component to the administration of the Metal Trades Department Master Agreement that serves multi craft Metal Trades Councils within Vigor Industrial LLC. It serves as the conduit that unites multiple Vigor Industrial  collective bargaining agreements that exist between the company and the Puget Sound and Portland Metal Trades Councils.

As the West Coast General Representative, I presently serve as the current Single Point of Contact between the employer, local councils and affiliated local unions. It is my goal to fully define the role through the prioritization of establishing a clear line of communication that ensures a free and concise flow of information between bargaining unit partners. This collectively bargained representative position ensures that the employer provide the council and its local affiliates with timely, accurate records of their members and all pertinent information necessary to conduct and coordinate every aspect of representation and effective labor relations. Included but not limited to this task of the Single Point of Contact is the facilitation of negotiations, grievances, arbitrations and the weekly data necessary for the council and its affiliates to monitor and plan its representational activities. Those activities include the recording of new hires, sub-contractors, terminations, layoffs, personal information changes, leave of absences, wage changes, promotions and on call lists. The Single Point of Contact is responsible for certifying with the company that all locals working within the jurisdiction of the two councils, receive their dues and trust payments in a timely fashion along with audited reports and accurate membership / bargaining unit employee counts.

In its role as a quasi-ombudsman between labor and management, the Single Point of Contact is a viable vehicle that provides stewards, local council representatives and management with an unfettered and bureaucracy free bridge to one another, enabling and promoting effective labor and management relations through communications.

As the the Single Point of Contact representation model and its sphere of influence evolves throughout the Metal Trades universe, the department looks forward to its local councils fostering strong and productive relationships with our industry partners, working together to efficiently advance joint efforts that positively and productively affect the performance of all company employees from metal trades members on the deck plate to the company administrative personnel in the office. #MTDProud

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The seditious attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 was incited by President Trump’s flagrant lies and assault upon our Constitution. Yesterday’s lukewarm concession speech doesn’t change or heal our nation and its people in any way.

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

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, Metal Trades Department President