Metal Trades Councils represent workers in Navy and private shipyards, nuclear facilities and heavy manufacturing all over the U.S. and Canada. The Metal Trades Department has been improving wages and benefits, promoting safe working conditions and establishing a voice in politics for working people since 1908.
Excerpt of a statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the national “right to work” bill:
Right to work is a lie dressed up in a feel-good slogan. It doesn’t give workers freedom—instead, it weakens our right to join together and bargain for better wages and working conditions. Its end goal is to destroy unions. Numbers don’t lie.
By Jimmy Hart, Metal Trades Department President
It’s time to get involved …. It’s up to you to keep your Council strong! Keeping your Council strong and vital is hard work that involves your everyday participation. Most members will never hold council office, and many have never attended a meeting, some may not have even opened this newsletter. However, if we are to thrive and better our lives in the workplace, it will take a team effort with everyone pulling together. Indifference and benign neglect of our responsibilities as trade unionists to our councils, local and international unions can no longer be accepted if we are to remain a viable and dependable voice for workers in the workplace.read more
Statement from James Hart, President of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO on the Confirmation of Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation
On behalf of the Metal Trades Department and our seventeen national and international affiliated unions, I would like to congratulate Secretary Chao on her confirmation as the next Secretary of Transportation. We look forward to working with Secretary Chao and the...read more
During the 70th Convention of the Metal Trades Department held in Las Vegas, NV on October 5-6, 2016, delegates voted to amend the Constitution and By-laws for the Department. The updated version is now available for download in pdf format here.
Printed copies are available upon request from the Department. Contact Lisa Johnson for more information.read more