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Statement from Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO President Ault on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

I am honored to be at the White House to witness the signing of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order.  The Metal Trades Department and its affiliated unions have been advocating for and supporting this action for many years.

Our organizations have witnessed first hand the abuses of unscrupulous federal contractors wage theft of their workers and the unlawful retaliation when workers try to exercise their rights. The terms of the Contractor's federal contracts require them to obey and abide by the laws. Although the vast majority of contractors play by the rules, every year tens of thousands of American workers are not treated fairly. Many are denied overtime wages, not hired or paid fairly because of their gender or age, or have their health and safety put at risk by corporations contracting with the federal government that cut corners.  Today, President Obama is cracking down on federal contractors who put workers’ safety and hard-earned pay at risk.

This Executive Order means that there will be consequences that will actually deter this unlawful action.

We thank President Obama for issuing this Executive Order.

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The Metal Trades Department is a trade department of the AFL-CIO. It was chartered in 1908 to coordinate negotiating, organizing and legislative efforts of affiliated metalworking 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 MTD Councils. Workers retain membership in their own trade unions.

Ingalls Shipbuilding Celebrates Apprentice Graduation
By George Blackwell, MarineLink.com Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) informs that it has held a graduation ceremony for graduates of Ingalls Shipbuilding's Apprentice School. The ceremony, held at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention Center, celebrated the accomplishments of 72 students representing various crafts at Ingalls. Read More...
HOUSE GOP MAJORITY BOUNCES DEM TRY TO AID LOW-WAGE WORKERS; LAWMAKERS OK BUY AMERICA LANGUAGE, REPORTERS' SHIELD MEASURE
            WASHINGTON (PAI)--By a 196-211 margin, the GOP majority in the U.S. House rejected a Democratic attempt to aid low-wage workers.  All 186 voting House Democrats and 10 Republicans favored the move, which would have barred federal contracts to firms that violate minimum-wage and overtime-pay laws. Read More...
Owner of Avondale Shipyard acquires energy company UniversalPegasus

By Jed Lipinski, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on June 02, 2014 at 4:28 PM, updated June 02, 2014 at 4:37 PM

In what may be a good sign for Avondale Shipyard, Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that is has acquired UniversalPegasus International Holdings, a Houston company that provides engineering and project management services to the energy sector.

The news comes shortly after Huntington Ingalls, a shipbuilder based in Newport News, Va., agreed to conduct a six-month study with Kinder Morgan Energy Partners to determine a new use for the struggling shipyard, whose workforce has been reduced to less than 500 from around 5,000 in 2010. Keep Reading >

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