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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