Save the Date — 2020 Annual MTD Conference

Save the Date — 2020 Annual MTD Conference

Registration is now open for the 2020 Annual Metal Trades Department Annual Conference.

As is our custom, the department will present conferees with an agenda featuring an impressive slate of speakers from the world of labor, management, professional services and politics, all of whom are well versed in the matters that metal trades workers care most about. I am pleased to announce that we will offer workshops for our Council representatives including, President’s Club, a private roundtable discussion for MTC Presidents and industry leaders to work together and discuss their most pressing issues and explore solutions.

Please feel free to register early for the Conference, our registration website is up and running at Through our online registration website, you can book your hotel reservation simply by selecting the “Hotel Reservation” tab. Should you or your group choose not to avail yourselves of the online registration service in booking your room reservations, you may contact the hotel Reservation Center directly at (800) 358-8777. Please be advised that you will incur a $15.00 processing fee for all reservations made directly with the hotel. The department has negotiated a special room rate of $135.00 per night, plus tax and resort fee ($25.00). Please reference the Metal Trades if registering by phone. Reservations must be made by Monday, August 31, 2020 to receive this rate. Reservations made after the cutoff are subject to availability and increased rates may apply.

In conjunction with our Conference, the MTD will once again hold its Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the Guide Dogs of America. As you may know, the Guide Dogs of America is a worthy cause that was founded by a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. In January, Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs merged with Guide Dogs of America. The Metal Trades Department is excited about this merger as Tender Loving Canines works to provide service dogs to veterans and individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. With this new addition to the organization, the Guide Dogs of America needs our support more than ever as they strive to provide assistance to those in need. We hope that you can join us in supporting this important cause by sponsoring the 2020 Metal Trades Department Annual Charity Golf Tournament and also through your participation.

We are very excited to assist them their admirable endeavors.

This tournament is sure to be a great kickoff to our Annual Metal Trades Department Conference events. Please return your registration form promptly or register online at and click on the “Golf Tournament” tab.

Download a Golf Sponsor and Player Packet

MTD President Hart Pens Letter to Trump Regarding Memorandum Regarding Collective Bargaining at the DOD

Metal Trades Department President James Hart sent the following letter to President Trump regarding his recent memo to the Secretary of Defense regarding collective bargaining at the DOD.

In the letter, President Hart specifically highlights that a fair collective bargaining process is the “cornerstone of American labor law and a right afforded to employees within the federal government. Any exemptions permitted need to be carefully considered. In fact, not a single president has found it necessary or even considered issuing a blanket exemption of all Department of Defense employees from collective bargaining since the enactment of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978.”

See the full text of the letter or download the pdf by clicking the link below.

President’s Day Message from President Hart

President’s Day Message from President Hart

In February, Americans have traditionally celebrated the birthdays of President George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. A number of years ago, the birthday celebrations were combined into President’s Day. With that change, many of the valuable ideals and philosophies of these great men and office holders were forgotten.

As we celebrate Presidents Day 2020, Metal Trades workers and their families will honor our nation’s presidents, both past and present. Throughout time and immemorial, metal trades workers at the Department of Defense and our nation’s nuclear laboratories have been committed to excellence and success of the mission. Many times, and more often than not during our countries darkest days, these amazing workers looked to the ideals and values of the great men who have occupied the office of President of the United States for comfort and inspiration.

In what many consider the greatest American political speech — Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address — Lincoln said, “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

While our culture has many fairy tale heroes in movies and comics, Americans have been lucky to have real heroes occupy the White House and Oval Office. We all should take seriously our obligation and duty to teach our children and loved ones about the ideals and values of our American Presidents.

In past years, many in our society saw this holiday as nothing more than a day away from work. These past few years have changed the meaning of Presidents’ Day for millions of Americans. At no other time in our history have so many felt a personal connection either pro or con with the serving president and the future of our nation.

Through strong leadership and personal involvement, the Metal Trades Department will continue to raise the awareness of all we come in contact with, promising to call unfettered balls and strikes regarding our President, his administration and all policies and decisions that affect America’s working families.
On this Presidents Day weekend, workers must continue in their efforts and commitment to ensure that America remains strong and prosperous.

On behalf the department, its officers and staff, please accept my best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday. Let’s ensure safety is uppermost in all of our holiday plans!

The union makes me strong ….. God Bless America!

MTD President Hart Urges Sec. Esper to Reject Trump Memorandum Eliminating Union Rights

On February 13 Metal Trades Department President James Hart sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper urging him to reject any implementation of the President’s January 29 memorandum regarding Department of Defense’s discretion in eliminating workers’ unions and their right to collectively bargain.

In the letter, President Hart states, “[A]n adverse decision by your office in implementing this shortsighted and politically motivated directive, will not only subject federal employees and our armed forces to harms way, but will jeopardize the national security of all Americans.”
See the text of the full letter.

New Hampshire Democratic Primary Rally Saturday, Feb. 8

The Portsmouth Federal Employee Metal Trades Council representing federal wage grade employees affected by President Trump’s ILLEGAL Executive Order(s) 13836, 13837 and 13838 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in New Hampshire will rally on behalf of all federal employees.

Saturday, February 8, 2020
11:00 a.m.
Prescott Park
(weather permitting)

105 Marcy Street
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
LIUNA Local Union 976
(alt site)
155 West Road

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

All candidates seeking the Democratic Presidential nomination have been invited. Only candidates who agree to sign the following pledge will be allowed to participate.

“Upon election and taking the oath of office as President of the United States, I shall immediately overturn Trump Executive Orders 13836, 13837 and 13838 and reopen all employee contracts negotiated under or effected by the terms of the court decreed illegal Executive Orders”
The department very much welcomes your attendance and support of this important event. Your assistance in encouraging the involvement of your local affiliates and representatives is vital to the events success and determining the ultimate fate of the federal workforce.

Happy Holidays from the Metal Trades Department

Happy Holidays from the Metal Trades Department

The holidays are a time for us to gather with our family and friends, appreciate the blessings in our lives, and celebrate the spirit of the season.

The holidays are also an opportunity for us to pause and reflect on the message of peace, love and hope for working families around the world. Organized labor is strongest when workers come together and, during this holiday season I ask that all members of the Metal Trades join with me as we give back to communities in need across the United States and Canada.

It is in this spirit of giving, that we should all take time in both gesture and thought, to show how proud we are of the brave men and women who serve in our country’s armed forces and our first responders who protect and serve our great nations every day.

In the spirit of reflection and celebration, I would like to share how much I have enjoyed working with you, our members, to make a difference in the lives of working families.

We don’t have small goals at the Metal Trades Department, and we will never shy away from tough fights or problems. The lessons of the past and the dedication and commitment of generations of metal trades workers have taught us that there are no limits to what we can achieve when we work together.

We have big plans for 2020, and, despite the fact that our councils and unions are going to face new and daunting challenges, we are committed to solving these problems and seizing new opportunities. In all our initiatives, we’ll be helping more workers, in more places, faster and more efficiently.

On behalf of the staff and the affiliated unions of the Metal Trades Department, I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Kwanza. It is our most humble wish that you and your family, friends and loved ones reap the joy of a healthy, happy and prosperous 2020.

May God bless you and may God bless America and Canada!


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