Metal Trades Department Says America’s Navy Capacity is Diminished; It is Past Time for the U.S. Navy to Implement the Bartlett Maritime Plan

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jimmy Hart 202-508-3705

Washington, DC – The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, says it is past time for the Navy to implement the Bartlett Maritime Corporation’s Maritime Plan.

“The Bartlett Maritime Plan is the innovative, actionable solution the U.S. Navy needs to address its ongoing shipbuilding backlog, capacity, and capability,” said James Hart, president of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO.

“As the collective bargaining representative for the skilled shipbuilders at the four current U.S. Naval shipbuilding and repair yards, we wholeheartedly support this plan and see it as an opportunity to support the U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding goals and bring good-paying, family-sustaining, skilled, union jobs to the Lorain and Lordstown, Ohio, communities.”

On Monday, August 7, the Bartlett Maritime Corporation announced new details of its Bartlett Maritime Plan. A plan, that, if enacted, would provide the U.S. Navy with a ship component overhaul, repair, remanufacturing, and testing facility in Lorain and a rotatable pool and material stocking and kitting facility for the construction of ship components and equipment in Lordstown. Also included in the plan is a supporting Component Repair Center (CRC) to be located in a publicly unspecified location.

According to the statement released by Bartlett, the plan offers the option to provide the U.S. Navy with a fifth Naval Shipyard, “once the CRC facilities are established and the funding and oversight regimes are proven.”

The statement also states that the new Naval Shipyard would be in Charleston, SC. “This new, advanced design shipyard is site-ready at the Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek and could begin construction as early as 2024.”

“The Metal Trades Department has backed the Bartlett Maritime Plan from the beginning. We believe it is the critical next step the U.S. Navy must take to address its capacity and capability issues. If we do not act with a sense of urgency to address the current shipbuilding crisis, we risk our nation’s security during an increasingly precarious time,” said President Hart.

President Hart Statement on Biden Administration Proposed FY23 Budget

Metal Trades Department President Jimmy Hart issued the following statement in response to the Biden Administration proposed FY 23 budget:

“The Metal Trades Department applauds President Biden for proposing significant increases in discretionary spending for federal agencies.

“President Biden’s budget builds on his already historic progress and continues to put America’s working families first. His 19 percent increase in proposed funding for the Department of the Interior coupled with the already passed Infrastructure Law will create good-paying union jobs and make critical investments in climate resiliency, clean energy, and conservation.

“The budget lays a foundation for prosperity for generations to come.

“This budget includes $105-billion for the Department of Transportation to allow for maintenance and modernization of our nation’s most critical transportation assets. $3 billion for commercial-navigation projects—such as river locks and dams. We will see additional funding for our nation’s short sea shipping routes. Investment in domestic manufacturing, affordable housing, and supply chain modernization. The budget also addresses prescription drug prices, childcare, health care, and higher education.

“Increased defense spending including a four percent increase for the U.S. Navy and funding for modernization of all three legs of the nuclear triad, with $34.4 billion for the nuclear enterprise. That includes $6.3 billion for the Columbia-class submarine.

“With the release of this proposed FY23 budget, President Biden has once again shown his commitment to building back better an America for the people, of the people and by the people.

“We urge Congress to fund this budget and put America to work.”

Press Release: MTD, Bartlett Maritime Corporation Sign Cooperation Agreement

Press Release: MTD, Bartlett Maritime Corporation Sign Cooperation Agreement

For immediate release: January 28, 2022

Contact: James Hart, jhart@metaltrades.org
phone: 202-302-1651

Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, Bartlett Maritime Corporation Sign Cooperation Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC – The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO (MTD), and the Bartlett Maritime Corporation have signed a cooperation agreement supporting the implementation of the Bartlett Maritime Plan.

This historic labor-management partnership agreement lays the foundation for Bartlett Maritime Corporation and its subsidiary, American Naval Shipyard, LLC, to become the U.S. Navy’s newest, privately owned maintenance and repair shipyard. The Metal Trades Department’s partnership with Bartlett will provide the company with support to promote the Bartlett Maritime Plan™ and to ramp up hiring and training the new workforce at the company’s Ohio shipyard.

“The Metal Trades Department and its affiliated international unions are proud to join Bartlett Maritime in its efforts to become the next public-private U.S. Navy maintenance and repair shipyard,” said MTD President James Hart. “We look forward to this partnership and the impact it will have on creating and sustaining good, unionized jobs in Ohio.”

The Bartlett Maritime Plan™ is a public-private-partnership (P3) that will provide the U.S. Navy with new ship maintenance capacity and capability while accessing an entirely new labor pool to staff this new endeavor. Bartlett Maritime has two VPM-Virginia-capable drydocks in a fully enclosed drydock production facility and a new equipment depot to maintain and repair key ship components and equipment.

Bartlett’s plan, once implemented, will result in annual savings for the U.S. Navy of more than $100 million per year while creating more than 41,000 jobs.

“Bartlett Maritime is filling a void in Naval shipbuilding and repair,” said Hart. “The Bartlett plan is feasible, actionable, and affordable. It complements our existing Naval shipyards and nuclear build yards. The Metal Trades and its Executive Council intend to put its full and substantial support behind this plan.”

The Metal Trades Department (MTD) is a trade department of the AFL-CIO. It was chartered in 1908 to coordinate negotiating, organizing, and legislative efforts of affiliated metal working and related crafts and trade unions. Seventeen national and international unions are affiliated with the MTD today. More than 100,000 workers in private industry and federal establishments work under contracts negotiated by the more than 30 MTD Councils in North America. Under the umbrella of the Metal Trades, workers retain membership in their own trade union.

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Statement from the Metal Trades Department on the Anniversary of the Shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard that Killed Two, Wounded One HFEMTC Members

Statement from the Metal Trades Department on the Anniversary of the Shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard that Killed Two, Wounded One HFEMTC Members

December 4, 2020
For immediate release
Contact: Jhart@metaltrades.org

Statement from the Metal Trades Department on the Anniversary of the Shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard that Killed Two, Wounded One HFEMTC Members

On December 4, 2019 a young Navy sailor assigned to the submarine the USS Columbia stationed at Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard fired his service issued M-4 rifle at a group of civilian workers, killing Roldan Agustin, 49, and Vincent Kapoi Jr., 30, and wounding Roger Nakamine, 36. All three victims were members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) and the Hawaii Federal Employees Metal Trades Council (HFEMTC).

On the anniversary of this tragic event, I call on our government, armed forces, employers, laborand allies to put in place meaningful programs to address mental health issues. Mental health must be de-stigmatized.

Our IFPTE brothers and all workers deserve to work in a safe workplace.

MTD Pearl Harbor Anniversary

The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO Supports the Democrats Coronavirus Relief Package

The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO Supports the Democrats Coronavirus Relief Package

Washington, DC—The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO is urging the House, Senate and White House to pull together in developing policies that will help ensure that America’s hourly and salaried workers will not have to choose between their health and making ends meet.

About 78 percent of workers live paycheck-to-paycheck and nearly 80 million American workers are hourly employees who only get paid for the hours they work. As this virus spreads rapidly across the country, working families will suffer the consequences of inaction by our elected officials.

House Democrats released their coronavirus economic relief bill late Wednesday night, just as layoffs related to the Coronavirus outbreak were being reported. Their emergency economic plan is the first government response that actually addresses the needs of working families.

The Democratic bill includes coverage for coronavirus testing, paid sick leave, and expanded unemployment benefits for those laid off due to the virus’ effects on the economy. Additionally, the bill calls for expanding food assistance and state and local economic assistance.

The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO supports this plan as it seeks to provide assistance to those who will be most affected by this pandemic.

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The Metal Trades Department is a trade department of the AFL-CIO. It was chartered in 1908 to coordinate negotiating, organizing and legislative efforts of affiliated metalworking and related crafts and trade unions. Seventeen national and international unions are affiliated with the MTD today. More than 100,000 workers in private industry and federal establishments work under contracts negotiated by MTD Councils. Workers retain membership in their own trade unions.