Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO

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.

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The Union Advantage

Union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who aren’t union members. On average, union workers’ wages are 27 percent higher than their nonunion counterparts.

Unionized workers are 60 percent more likely to have employer-provided pensions.

More than 79 percent of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits, but less than half of nonunion workers do. Unions help employers create a more stable, productive workforce—where workers have a say in improving their jobs.

Unions help bring workers out of poverty and into the middle class. In fact, in states where workers don’t have union rights, workers’ incomes are lower.

  • Wages are 27% higher than non-union 27%
  • Unionized workers are 60 percent more likely to have employer-provided pensions 60%
  • More than 79 percent of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits 79%

Ron’s Rants

The Effect of DOE Policy 350.1 on Representation and Morale On Union-Represented Contractor Personnel

In 1998, the Procurement office of the Department of Energy (DOE) developed a “policy” regarding contractor reimbursement for employee fringe benefits.

Order 350.1, establishes a so-called “market-based” formula. The order directs that a Benefit Value Study (BenVal) must show that the per capita cost of a benefit plan is no more than five percent higher than the average value of the assessed benefits package of similar organizations in the same industry – also known as comparator organizations. It requires DOE contractors to survey the benefit packages of “comparator” companies in a region in order to establish cost parameters within which the contractor establishes the “value” of pension and health care benefits. The policy explicitly limits contractor reimbursements to 105 percent of the “value” that this survey establishes. If that cost is more than five percent of the other organization’s plan then the contractor has to submit “a corrective action plan to achieve conformance” to a DOE contracting officer.

June 3rd Call-In Day to De-Rail Fast Track!

June 3rd Call-In Day to De-Rail Fast Track!

From our friends at the IBB: Ways & Means Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) is pushing to bring Fast Track legislation for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to a vote in the House. Please call your representative on Wednesday, June 3rd, at 888-804-8311 and urge them to vote NO on Fast Track. Representative Ryan’s Fast Track bill has already passed in the Senate, and if approved by the House, would allow secretive trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to be rushed through Congress, with devastating consequences for jobs and wages for America’s working families. As written, the TPP would force working Americans to compete with horribly-abused sweatshop workers overseas in countries like Vietnam, where the minimum wage is less than 60 cents an hour, and in Malaysia, where up to a third of workers in the countries export-oriented electronics industry are forced laborers — a euphemism for modern-day slaves. Granting a Fast Track rubber-stamp for the TPP would accelerate a global race to the bottom in wages and working conditions that nobody wins — except, of course, for big, transnational corporations that are eager to exploit labor abuses abroad to pad their obscene profits. We need our elected officials looking out for us, not corporate elites. TAKE ACTION ON JUNE 3rd: please call your Congressperson at 888-804-8311 and urge them to vote NO on Fast Track. The good news is that, together, we can win this fight. Literally thousands of organizations — representing the environmental, family farm, civil rights, consumer, Internet freedom, student and other movements — have united with labor in saying NO to Fast Track. We need...

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