Metal Trades Department Workplace Guidance and Resources



The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO is actively monitoring the situation. We are working closely with the AFL-CIO, our affiliated international unions, government agency partners, and employers to develop recommendations and guidelines.

Please check back frequently as this situation is rapidly developing.

COVID-19 Screening Tool

MEMO: Financial Relief Available to Labor Organizations and Benefit Funds under the CARES Act

3.19.20 Family First Conronavirus Response Act Memo

New Guidance on COVID-19 Emergency Paid Leave (Section 4001 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021)


NEW—DOL COVID-19 Guidance:

NEW: Directives for Shelter in Place

Ingalls Has an App for Employees


The Metal Trades Department Hotline

The MTD has set up a hotline to answer questions regarding the COVID-19 Virus and your workplace.

West Coast call: 202-508-3707

East Coast call: 202-508-3730

State Resources and Benefits Information from the AFL-CIO

AFL-CIO Updated Resources Page

The AFL-CIO updated resources page is for workers impacted by COVID-19. It’s a user-friendly tool to help people navigate all the resources available, from food-related security and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, to resources provided by state federations and central labor councils, to information about unemployment insurance in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It will be updated regularly with more resources and useful information. Please share this page with workers who are being affected.

Important Downloads Regarding COVID-19

About the Coronavirus Outbreak

“COVID-19,” a new coronavirus, has been identified as the cause of a cluster of severe pneumonia cases that emerged in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019.

Thousands of contacts are under observation and hundreds of cases have been confirmed in Wuhan. Additional cases have been identified in the United States and several other countries around the globe. 

About “COVID-19”

The virus is a coronavirus, which is a large family of viruses that can infect animals and/or humans. COVID-19 is similar to the viruses that cause SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome).

Symptoms include fever and/or symptoms of lower respiratory illness such as coughing or difficulty breathing.

With some viruses, the infectious period precedes symptoms and with other viruses it coincides with symptoms.

Human-to-human transmission is confirmed. However, whether the disease is transmitted via contact, droplet, or aerosol remains unknown. It is also unknown whether asymptomatic cases are infectious.

Employers Must Prepare to Keep Workers Safe

There is often debate about what actions to take and when they should be taken in situations where knowledge is lacking about a specific health threat. Employers often prioritize saving money over safe care and wait to act. Delay in action is unacceptable.

Stay Up-To-Date

Please see the links below for the most up-to-date information on this rapidly evolving situation.

Ways to protect yourself and others from coronavirus:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent Corona virus infection, the best way to protect yourself from infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The following advice from the UN lists everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Frequently wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when sneezing or coughing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or cough.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.
  • Seek early medical help if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, and share your travel history with healthcare providers.
  • Avoid direct, unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals when visiting live markets in affected areas.
  • Avoid eating raw or undercooked animal products and exercise care when handling raw meat, milk or eggs to avoid cross-contamination.

Latest News from the Department on COVID-19

COVID Vaccination Memo for MTC Presidents

TO: All MTC Presidents CC: MTD KEYS MTD General Representatives FROM: James Hart, President Metal Trades Department DATE: August 24, 2021 RE: Metal Trades Department COVID Vaccination Statement Dear Brothers and Sisters, The ongoing Covid Pandemic and its ensuing...

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Congressional MEMO: Federal Employee / Government Contractors Issues (COVID-19)

Congressional MEMO: Federal Employee / Government Contractors Issues (COVID-19)

As Congress considers additional measures to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, urges all members of Congress to conduct collective and individual oversight of current enacted “Cares Act” legislative packages that both Houses of Congress overwhelmingly passed to help American workers. This is necessary as many enacted solutions relating to issues affecting workplace safety and employment conditions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are not being properly administered or carried out. Congress needs to do even more through legislation to help American workers during this pandemic crisis. However, it behooves the legislative branch to ensure that the new fixes currently enacted and in place are being correctly administered and benefitting the intended targets. I respectfully present the following issues for your information, attention and much needed remedy:

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Legislative Alert

AFL-CIO Urges Congress to Adopt Emergency Legislation to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

Press Release

New Guidelines Issued by Trump’s CDC Dangerous to Frontline Workers

Policy Statement

A Petition to Secretary Scalia for an OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard for Infectious Disease