MTD Executive Council

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James “Bud” McCourt

Eighth Vice President


James ”Bud” McCourt, is a long-time resident of Massachusetts and began his career with Asbestos Workers Local 6, Boston, MA as an apprentice in 1976. He received his mechanic’s card four years later in 1980 and subsequently served his local union as an executive board member from 1982 to 1984. His leadership abilities led to his election as local union president, a position he held from 1985 to 1987. He also served as asbestos abatement coordinator and as business agent for his local union prior to his election to the top position as business manager. Brother McCourt was elected by the delegates at the Unions 1997 General Convention to serve as International Vice President of the New York-New England States Conference. In that capacity, Bud served with dedication and distinction, giving wise counsel and support to the General Office programs and policies. Upon the retirement of deceased General President William G. Bernard on September 1, 2001, Brother McCourt was elected by the General Executive Board to serve as General Secretary-Treasurer. He was officially elected to the position at the Union’s 2002 General Convention and re-elected at the 2007 and 2012 Conventions. Upon the retirement of General President James A. Grogan August 3, 2015, James McCourt was elected by the General Executive Board to the position of General President. A second generation pipe coverer, Bud and his wife, Deborah have 2 sons, Jamie and Jonathan and a grandson.

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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