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America needs the Jones Act

Speak out against an amendment that would gut the U.S. shipbuilding industry. The Metal Trades Department stands with Navy League in opposition to Senator McCain’s amendment that would gut the U.S. shipbuilding industry by striking the U.S. build requirements in the Jones Act.

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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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COLUMBUS METAL TRADES COUNCIL HOLD RALLY TO DEMAND A FAIR CONTRACT

Ft. Benning, Georgia – The Columbus Metal Trades Council and community members from Columbus held a “Fair Contract Rally” outside Ft. Benning, Georgia this morning, Monday, December 7, 2015. The Columbus Metal Trades Council represents employees who support our men...

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Veterans Day Remarks

Veterans Day Remarks

By Ron Ault, President, Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO Every year on November 11, we observe Veterans Day by honoring the contributions of the more than 21 million veterans living today, and the countless others who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of our...

Pantex Nuclear Workers, CNS Reach Tentative Agreement

For Immediate Release: October 3, 2015 Contact: Ron Ault, 202-508-3705 or Tara Landis, 410-991-6615 Amarillo, TX–After more than a month on strike, the Amarillo Metal Trades Council (MTC), a 10-union coalition representing nearly 1,200 workers at the Pantex...

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%

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