A Salute to Service

On November 11 we celebrate Veteran’s Day, a day to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to sacrifice for the common good. As President of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, I am committed to ensuring that the Department,...

MTD Visits Vegas Strong Memorial

The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, held its Annual Conference in Las Vegas on October 11-12. After the business of the Conference wrapped up on Wednesday, Oct. 11, attendees, officers, and staff joined together to pay their respects to the victims of the Las Vegas...

A Labor Day Message from MTD President James Hart

On this Labor Day weekend, I would like to take a moment to remember those men, women and children in Texas who lost their lives in Hurricane Harvey. This terrible storm affected many union members, whether they be workers whose homes were damaged or lost in the storm, or first responders who worked tirelessly to help those in need. Many of our own members faced unimaginable hardships over the past week experiencing the devastation first hand. Please join with me in praying for all the residents of Texas, and if you can, consider donating to the relief fund established by the Texas AFL-CIO.


The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO sent the following letter to Senators Baldwin, Gillibrand, Schumer, Duckworth, Durbin, Klobuchar, Franken, Donnelly, Brown, Casey, Stabenow, and Peters urging them to enact the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (CVIDA)....

Provisions in defense bill would help shipyard workers, vets

From the Kitsap Sun

BREMERTON — The defense budget passed Friday by the U.S. House of Representatives includes help for local shipyard workers and veterans.

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, secured an extension of overtime pay for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard workers who conduct nuclear maintenance on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in Yokosuka, Japan. Payments would continue through Sept. 30, 2019.

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Oppose HR 1160

See the letter sent by President Hart to all Representatives regarding HR1180, the inappropriately named Working Families Flexibility Act. The legislation would weaken overtime protection for workers. The MTD strongly opposes the bill and asks all House members to...

Seattle shipyard looks to expand dry docks

From KING 5 News SEATTLE – The shipyard that boasts the largest dry dock in Puget Sound, which services Washington state ferries, is looking to expand. A dry dock is like a floating elevator that lifts ships up out of the water for repairs. The dry dock at Vigor...

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