End the Government Shutdown

End the Government Shutdown

Text of letter sent to all U.S. Senators regarding the shutdown from President Hart:
 
Dear Senator,
 
On behalf of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, its 17 international affiliated union and its more than 100,000 member, we are deeply concerned that approximately 800,000 Federal Government employees are working without pay or temporarily furloughed because of the current government shutdown. A crisis not of their own making, this jeopardizes the livelihoods of their families and undermines the economic well-being of their communities, which rely on their steady paychecks — as well as members of the broader public who depend upon their services.
 
The Department respectfully calls upon Senator Mitch McConnell and all members of the Senate to bring the Consolidated Appropriations Bill of 2019 to a vote without partisan delay, and vote in favor of this bill, ending this unconscionable interruption in the nation’s business.
 
Respectfully,
 
James Hart
 
President, Metal Trades Department

Season’s Greetings from President Hart

Season’s Greetings from President Hart

It’s the holiday season – a magical time that reminds us to embrace the warmth and love of our friends, our families and our world. And I am always reminded by the profusion of well wishes I receive, how lucky I am. I am lucky to have wonderful friends and family, and I feel very lucky to be the leader of the Metal Trades.

So, while I celebrate the abundance of the season, I also take time to reflect on those who are struggling, economically and emotionally. I remind everyone, there is hope, there is always hope. We can do better, we can be better, and we will be better.

As Metal Trades members, we never shy away from tough times or tough fights. 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 had a lot of challenges over this last year and but because of your support and dedication, we have achieved a lot of success.

I know we can replicate our success next year, in an even bigger way. I’m committed to facing our problems head on, and I ask that you join me in that commitment. We’re union – the embodiment of solidarity –dedicated to making lives better for all our union brothers and sisters and for all working men and women and their families.

This holiday season would not be the same without you. I wish you and your family happiness and prosperity now and all year through. On behalf of the staff and the affiliated International and National Unions of the Metal Trades Department, I wish all a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Kwanza. It is our most humble wish that you and your family, friends and loved ones enjoy and reap the joy of a healthy, happy and prosperous 2019.

May God bless and always look out and protect working folks …. God Bless America and Canada!

MTD Joins Allies in Letter Calling for Bipartisan Policy to Protect MSPB

MTD Joins Allies in Letter Calling for Bipartisan Policy to Protect MSPB

The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO joined nearly two dozen allied organizations in a letter to Congressional leaders asking them to enact bipartisan policy provisions that will guarantee the maintenance and continued operation of our federal government’s non-partisan civil service. Specifically, regarding the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).

Download the letter.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

From our family to yours, we wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday

Honoring Our Veterans

Honoring Our Veterans

A Message from Metal Trades Department President James Hart

Our country isn’t just made up of land and buildings, but it’s also made up of our history, our people and, our remembrances.

Our history books are packed with names of men and women who’ve served bravely and tirelessly in our military, and whether they came home last week, last year, years ago or they never returned, Veteran’s Day is a time to remember and honor them.

Join me this day in honoring their selflessness and sacrifice.

We thank you for your service, and we promise that the Metal Trades community stands at the ready to support our veterans through strong advocacy, training, fair wages and benefits, and family sustaining jobs.

With respect, honor and gratitude, thank you Veterans.