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. Twenty national and international unions with a total membership of over 5,000,000 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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As a chartered Department of the AFL-CIO, the MTD operates under its own constitution and by-laws within the laws of the AFL-CIO.
MTD activities are financed by a monthly per capita tax paid by the international unions on that portion of their membership employed in the metal trades.
The MTD convention is the supreme governing body. It meets every four years. Delegates representing international unions and MTD Councils review and develop programs, modernize the constitution, elect officers and fix policy for the MTD and its Concils.
The MTD is administered by a president assisted by a full-time staff. The President and ten vice presidents are elected from the affiliated international unions by convention for four-year terms. These eleven officers form the MTD Executive Council, which meets as needed to carry out convention programs and formulate and carry out department policies. Between full meetings of the Executive Council the president reports to a committee appointed by the Vice Presidents.
Disputes between affiliated unions are resolved through jurisdictional policy and precedures of the MTD.
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