Metal Trades Department

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.

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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.

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A Holiday Message from MTD President Jimmy Hart

Christmas is a time for us to gather with our family and friends, appreciate the blessings in our lives, and celebrate the spirit of the season. This holiday week is also an opportunity for us to pause and reflect on the Christmas message of peace, love, and hope for...

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