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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Who We Are

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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'Right-to-Work' is Wrong

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.

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It’s time to get involved ….

By Jimmy Hart, Metal Trades Department President

This article originally appeared in the “Washington Update” read the full newsletter here.

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.

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