Memorial Day has never looked quite like this one will. As we enter this long holiday weekend, meant to remind us of those brave men and women who fought and died so that we could be free, our country is facing a new war. A war that has no clear enemy but has taken lives and livelihoods across the nation and the globe. With record unemployment, shelter in place orders still in effect across the country, and Americans sick and dying, this Memorial Day may take on new meaning.

As is tradition, at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 25 I will join with the nation in a moment of remembrance to honor our fallen military members. And this year, I will include in my prayers those who we lost in this new war.

On behalf of the officers and staff of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, I wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day. God bless you all and God bless America.

Resources Available to Affected Member in the Pacific Northwest & California

Dozens of historic deadly wildfires continue to consume millions of acres in the west, especially in California, Oregon and Washington where in some cases entire towns have been destroyed and tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes.

Most evacuees have had to leave quickly with little advance notice, taking what few belongings they could. Thousands of homes and businesses have been incinerated. Weather conditions are improving, but the fire danger isn’t over. Wildfires are also burning in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

The Metal Trades Department has compiled a list of resources for our members and employment partners. If you need additional assistance, contact your MTD General Representative.

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