IAMAW International President Martinez Announces Retirement, Names General Vice President Brian Bryant as Successor

IAMAW International President Martinez Announces Retirement, Names General Vice President Brian Bryant as Successor

Metal Trades Department Executive Vice President and IAMAW International President Robert Martinez, Jr., announced his retirement effective January 1, 2024. IAMAW Resident General Vice President Brian Bryant will succeed Martinez as the union’s next international president.

Martinez’s historic tenure as the IAMAW’s 14th International President includes forging through some of the most challenging moments in the history of the union and the labor movement. He is the first Latino international president of a major American labor union in the history of the American labor movement, the first Latino elected to the Union’s Executive Council, and the first international president of color in the history of the IAMAW.

“I wish President Martinez a long and happy retirement,” said MTD President Jimmy Hart. “The Metal Trades Executive Council has been privileged to have President Martinez serve as a Vice President for the last eight years and we will surely miss his wise counsel and leadership.”

In a statement issued by the IAMAW, President Martinez said, “As I reflect on my incredible journey as the International President of the IAM, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the privilege and honor to serve our dedicated members across North America. The time has come to pass the torch to the next generation of leaders. It has been an honor to stand alongside our skilled and hardworking members and fight for their rights, livelihoods, and a better future for themselves and their families. As I bid farewell to this amazing chapter of my life, I feel proud of our collective work to grow our union and strengthen its foundation built on the spirit of solidarity and justice. My dedication remains steadfast, and I eagerly anticipate our great union’s continued growth and prosperity.”

“I have been fortunate to work with Vice President Brian Bryant over the years and he is more than qualified to lead the IAM into the future,” said President Hart. “I look forward to working with him as he takes the helm at the IAM and joins the Executive Council at the Metal Trades.”

The Metal Trades Department also wishes IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Rickey Wallace and IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway well as they embark on retirement. “The IAM is saying farewell to a slate of immensely qualified and incredibly dedicated union leaders. Their decades of hard work and leadership will be missed but I am buoyed by the fact that the IAM has mentored, trained, and supported leaders that are ready to take on the challenge.”

The MTD congratulates Chief of Staff Craig Martin who will succeed Wallace and Special Assistant Sam Cicinelli who will succeed Galloway. Longtime aerospace negotiator and leader Jody Bennett will become the IAM Resident Vice President succeeding Bryant.

Boilermakers International Elects Stapp as International Secretary-Treasurer

Boilermakers International Elects Stapp as International Secretary-Treasurer

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers announced on August 23 that Kathy Stapp was unanimously elected by the organization’s International Executive Council to serve as the union’s International Secretary-Treasurer. Stapp is the first woman ever to hold this executive office, one of the union’s highest offices.

Stapp was formerly the director of Human Resources and Benefits Programs and served as administrative assistant to the International Secretary-Treasurer. She joined the union in 1994 as a “floater,” covering the switchboard and mail room, eventually working her way into the Accounting Department.

“I am honored that International President Fairley and the International Vice Presidents have chosen to entrust such an important office to me,” Stapp said. “The Boilermakers Union has been more than a job for me — it’s been entrenched in nearly every aspect of my life, and I care very deeply about the future of this organization, both professionally and personally.

“I am fully committed to serving my colleagues, the local lodges, and the membership to the best of my abilities in this new role.”

Stapp is a member of Boilermakers Local 627 (Phoenix). She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in English from Kansas State University and the University of San Diego.

Wiregrass MTC Ratifies Historic Five Year Contract

Wiregrass MTC Ratifies Historic Five Year Contract

The Wiregrass Metal Trades Council (MTC) has ratified what Metal Trades Department President Jimmy Hart calls the “best contract in the history of the department, full stop.”

The new five-year agreement between the Wiregrass MTC and Fort Novosel (Ruckers) includes a five percent wage increase in the first year and an annual increase of $3.00 per hour for each of the remaining years of the contract.

MTD General Representative Dale Troll negotiated the contract with Tech Systems, Inc., the government contractor and employer at the Army base. “The nearly three-month negotiation was challenging as it broke new ground, but in the end, both sides came to a productive and amicable agreement,” says Troll. “The company worked with us to ensure that employees represented by the Council would see substantial enhancements to their wages and benefits, as well as new leave and certification/licensing reimbursement policies.”

Wiregrass MTC-represented employees are members of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 653, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2152, and the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 559.

“At Fort Novosel, some employees will see as much as a 98 percent increase in pay and benefits over the life of the contract,” says Hart. “I am so proud of this agreement. It proves what we’ve been saying all along, working union makes a difference.”

Metal Trades Department Announces Partnership with Employee Benefit Systems Union College Benefit Program

Metal Trades Department Announces Partnership with Employee Benefit Systems Union College Benefit Program

The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO (MTD), is proud to announce its partnership with Employee Benefit Systems Union College Benefit (EBS) program to offer our Metal Trades Council members college tuition discounts on more than 50 programs.

“We are delighted to offer this union benefit to our members and their families that wish to pursue higher education,” said Jimmy Hart, MTD President. “This unique opportunity offers our union families a chance to follow their dreams for personal or professional advancement by helping them secure affordable tuition at a network of colleges and universities. The EBS Union College Benefit is also a great resource for veterans interested in fully online programs.”

Union members and their families can earn a certificate, associate, bachelors’, or masters’ degree while attending school part-time or full-time. EBS has a network of colleges and universities offering programs in a myriad of studies.

Programs include business administration, criminal justice, human resources management, organizational leadership and management, and more.

The EBS Union College Benefit is part of the EBS family of benefits. The benefit is powered by through EDUTrust Network, a system of carefully selected colleges and universities. The program has been crafted for adult students and offers more than 50 online programs. Upon enrollment, all students will receive a personal admissions experience with a college or university admissions counselor, career counseling, financial aid counseling, and more. Veterans interested in utilizing the program will work with the dedicated Veteran Team at the college or university to ensure that they select a program at which they can use Veteran benefits.

For more information or to begin your journey, visit www.EBSunioncollegebenefit.org/MTD.

Happy Memorial Day, Remember and Honor our Fallen

Happy Memorial Day, Remember and Honor our Fallen

Happy Memorial Day

Remember and Honor our Fallen

The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, is proud to have so many members who served in our Nation’s Armed Services. And we are proud to support our military through the work we do.

On behalf of the MTD staff, executive council, and members, I wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. While my family and I enjoy our long weekend, I will not forget to take time to remember those who lost their lives so that we are free to live ours. I invite you to do the same.

Stay safe and healthy. God bless you. God bless our fallen soldiers and God bless America.


Metal Trades Department Announces Partnership with Employee Benefit Systems Union College Benefit Program

The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO (MTD), is proud to announce its partnership with Employee Benefit Systems Union College Benefit (EBS) program to offer our Metal Trades Council members college tuition discounts on more than 50 programs.

“We are delighted to offer this union benefit to our members and their families that wish to pursue higher education,” said Jimmy Hart, MTD President. “This unique opportunity offers our union families a chance to follow their dreams for personal or professional advancement by helping them secure affordable tuition at a network of colleges and universities. The EBS Union College Benefit is also a great resource for veterans interested in fully online programs.”

Union members and their families can earn a certificate, associate, bachelors’, or masters’ degree while attending school part-time or full-time. EBS has a network of colleges and universities offering programs in a myriad of studies.

Programs include business administration, criminal justice, human resources management, organizational leadership and management, and more.

The EBS Union College Benefit is part of the EBS family of benefits. The benefit is powered by through EDUTrust Network, a system of carefully selected colleges and universities. The program has been crafted for adult students and offers more than 50 online programs. Upon enrollment, all students will receive a personal admissions experience with a college or university admissions counselor, career counseling, financial aid counseling, and more. Veterans interested in utilizing the program will work with the dedicated Veteran Team at the college or university to ensure that they select a program at which they can use Veteran benefits.

For more information or to begin your journey, visit www.EBSunioncollegebenefit.org/MTD.


Hart Keynotes VPP Region X Safety Conference

In early May, President Hart spoke about the challenges of addressing safety in the workplace at the VPPPA Region X Safety Conference.

The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association, Inc., (VPPPA), the premier global safety and health organization, is dedicated to cooperative occupational safety, health and environmental management systems. VPPPA is a member-based association, supporting worksites across the U.S. in their efforts to receive and maintain VPP status.

For over two decades, the association has provided its members a direct link to OSHA, DOE and similar agencies within state-plan states and continues to offer a support network for participants from a wide variety of industries. The association works closely with OSHA, OSHA state-plan states, DOE and the Department of Defense (DoD) in the development and implementation of cooperative programs within the agencies.

In his Keynote address, President Hart noted that while the metal trades membership have a very good safety record, especially considering the employees we represent work with hazardous materials in some of the world’s most harmful and toxic environments, the department and its councils strive for nothing less than zero injuries on the job.

Citing the need to make safety a habit in order to affect change, Hart relayed the incremental change technique widely used across our Councils and employer worksites as an effective first step to better safety policies.

Throughout his speech, Hart called on participants to join the department and its councils as partners in creating safe and healthy work environments for all workers. He discussed the need for open communications and stressed that all workers should feel comfortable speaking out if they see anything they feel jeopardizes their safety on the job.

“We all want to get home safely at the end of the day,” Hart said. “To do that, we have to control the hazards at the end of the day the same way we did at the beginning of the day: communication, planning, and focus. If you do that, you can head home to your loved ones knowing you did your best to reach the zero injury goal.”

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

On behalf of the Metal Trades Department officers and staff, best wishes for a happy Easter and a warm and fruitful spring.