Metal Trades Department

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 metal working and related crafts and trade unions.

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10/21/2021

Did you know that as of 2020, men still tend to have the highest union participation rate between the sexes. The rate of men in unions is at about 11% and women are at about 10.5%.
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10/20/2021

Did you know that in 2020, the highest unionization rates were that of workers in protective service occupations at about 36.6%, as well as in education, training, and library occupations at 35.9%.
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10/19/2021

Did you know that in 2020, nonunion workers had an average weekly earning of roughly $958 versus their union counter parts who made roughly $1144. That's on 84% of what their union counterparts made.
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10/18/2021

In 2020, 10.8% of workers were members of unions. This is a .5% increase from 2019. In the US, Hawaii and New York have the highest union membership rates at 23.7% and 22%.
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The everyday worker is a part of the fabric that holds the US together. Today we thank the many hispanic and latin indiv...
10/15/2021
Civil Rights | AFL-CIO

The everyday worker is a part of the fabric that holds the US together. Today we thank the many hispanic and latin individuals who helped build and support the labor force.
https://j.mp/3jpBqID
#HispanicHeritageMonth

Working people are diverse. We are different colors, gender identities, religions, sexual orientations and ages. The labor movement has been at the forefront of the struggle for every major civil rights law. We stand strong today in the fight for dignity, life and liberty for every worker at the int...

Hispanic heritage month is designed to highlight the lives, culture, and history of Hispanic and Latin people. September...
10/14/2021

Hispanic heritage month is designed to highlight the lives, culture, and history of Hispanic and Latin people. September 15 was chosen as the first day in honor of Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua independence days.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

Hispanic heritage month is designed to highlight the lives, culture, and history of Hispanic and Latin people. September 15 was chosen as the first day in honor of Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua independence days.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

Jessica Govea Thorbourne was a labor activist, UFW leader, and educator. She helped organize labor strikes for UFW acros...
10/13/2021

Jessica Govea Thorbourne was a labor activist, UFW leader, and educator. She helped organize labor strikes for UFW across North America and dedicated her life to fighting for the education, equality, and economic opportunities of Latin laborers.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

Jessica Govea Thorbourne was a labor activist, UFW leader, and educator. She helped organize labor strikes for UFW across North America and dedicated her life to fighting for the education, equality, and economic opportunities of Latin laborers.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

10/12/2021

The labor force participation has different percentages between Hispanic men and women. The most noticeable difference is for the group ages 25 to 34 where for men it is 92% compared to 65% for women. The highest participation for women is ages 45-54.
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The Hispanic population of the US workforce has increased from 8.5% in 1990 to 18.0% in 2020. By 2030, the Bureau of Lab...
10/11/2021

The Hispanic population of the US workforce has increased from 8.5% in 1990 to 18.0% in 2020. By 2030, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects this number to be about 21.2%. There is also approximately 30% of Latin and Hispanic people in the US have a college degree.

The Hispanic population of the US workforce has increased from 8.5% in 1990 to 18.0% in 2020. By 2030, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects this number to be about 21.2%. There is also approximately 30% of Latin and Hispanic people in the US have a college degree.

Jessie De La Cruz was a Mexican American farm worker and workers rights activist. She became the UFWs first female recru...
10/09/2021

Jessie De La Cruz was a Mexican American farm worker and workers rights activist. She became the UFWs first female recruiter and organized many of their strikes. Cruz focused on advocating for the safety and representation of Mexican workers in the US.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

Jessie De La Cruz was a Mexican American farm worker and workers rights activist. She became the UFWs first female recruiter and organized many of their strikes. Cruz focused on advocating for the safety and representation of Mexican workers in the US.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

10/09/2021

Metal Trades Employers have no say or choice in the vaccination debate that is causing debate among MTC Council members, “It's mandate vaccinations for your employees or potentially risk losing government contracts, which for many in our contractor base are worth many millions of dollars” … MTD President Jimmy Hart

10/08/2021

In January of 1917, Carmelita Torres led the Bath Riots at the Juarez/El Paso border, fighting the toxic showers of immigrant workers crossing the border. For decades afterwards the fight against the baths continued until the baths ending in the late 60s.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

Luisa Moreno was a Guatemalan immigrant and US labor activist. In 1930, she was involved in her first ever strike agains...
10/06/2021

Luisa Moreno was a Guatemalan immigrant and US labor activist. In 1930, she was involved in her first ever strike against Zelgreen's Cafeteria in NYC. She fought against the long hours and exploitation of its workers. Her career was over 20 years.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

Luisa Moreno was a Guatemalan immigrant and US labor activist. In 1930, she was involved in her first ever strike against Zelgreen's Cafeteria in NYC. She fought against the long hours and exploitation of its workers. Her career was over 20 years.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

10/05/2021

Did you know that of the US workforce that Latin and Hispanic female workers are the fastest growing labor force population. Latin and Hispanic women make up 16% of the female population in the workforce. 62.8% are mothers working full-time as well.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

Linda Chavez Thompson was the executive vice president of the AFL-CIO from 1995 to 2007. She was not only the first woma...
10/03/2021

Linda Chavez Thompson was the executive vice president of the AFL-CIO from 1995 to 2007. She was not only the first woman but also the first Latina to be elected to the position. Thompson was heavily involved in immigrant and women's rights.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

Linda Chavez Thompson was the executive vice president of the AFL-CIO from 1995 to 2007. She was not only the first woman but also the first Latina to be elected to the position. Thompson was heavily involved in immigrant and women's rights.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

Ernesto Galarza was a professor, author,, and union organizer for the National Farm Labor Union. Galarza envisioned bett...
10/01/2021

Ernesto Galarza was a professor, author,, and union organizer for the National Farm Labor Union. Galarza envisioned better conditions for working immigrants in the US. During his time as an activist, he was apart of over 20 labor strikes.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

Ernesto Galarza was a professor, author,, and union organizer for the National Farm Labor Union. Galarza envisioned better conditions for working immigrants in the US. During his time as an activist, he was apart of over 20 labor strikes.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

AWF Union Podcast - America is stronger with unions
09/30/2021
AWF Union Podcast - America is stronger with unions

AWF Union Podcast - America is stronger with unions

James Hart, President of the Metal Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, discussed the importance of unions, workplace safety and more on AWF Union Podcast.

The #PROact means protecting the right to a safe and friendly work environment while also giving employees a chance to b...
09/30/2021
What Is the PRO Act? | AFL-CIO

The #PROact means protecting the right to a safe and friendly work environment while also giving employees a chance to be heard, something that belongs to every worker.
https://j.mp/2WjNNxr

The PRO Act will empower America’s workers and make America’s economy work for working people.

Originating in Los Angeles, it was in 1968 when president Lyndon Johnson signed into law Hispanic heritage week. However...
09/30/2021

Originating in Los Angeles, it was in 1968 when president Lyndon Johnson signed into law Hispanic heritage week. However it wasn't until 1989 when president George HW Bush declared September 15th till October 15th Hispanic Heritage Month.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

Originating in Los Angeles, it was in 1968 when president Lyndon Johnson signed into law Hispanic heritage week. However it wasn't until 1989 when president George HW Bush declared September 15th till October 15th Hispanic Heritage Month.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

Important reminders from our friends at NFFE https://mailchi.mp/nffe/shutdown-guidance?fbclid=IwAR16NFgMG2wSuyQAz433PjUV...
09/30/2021
NFFE Guidance on Potential Government Shutdown

Important reminders from our friends at NFFE https://mailchi.mp/nffe/shutdown-guidance?fbclid=IwAR16NFgMG2wSuyQAz433PjUVE0Nd2DJLqmIx971uA2ODv3N4LTTcsyJsP7w

The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) is closely monitoring the situation on Capitol Hill regarding government funding, which is set to expire Thursday at midnight. NFFE has been in contact with congressional leadership, requesting that a clean Continuing Resolution (CR) is passed quic...

09/28/2021

As of 2019, there is over 60.5 million Hispanic and Latino people living in the U.S., making up roughly 18.5% of the population. Of the U.S. laborforce, 16.2% are Hispanic and Latino, however, they are one of the most under represented group of workers.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

Do you know what the #PROact can do for you? It is a bill designed to give back to workers and to give them a voice.http...
09/28/2021
What Is the PRO Act? | AFL-CIO

Do you know what the #PROact can do for you? It is a bill designed to give back to workers and to give them a voice.
https://j.mp/2WjNNxr

The PRO Act will empower America’s workers and make America’s economy work for working people.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers was formed in the 1990s to fight the exploitation of migrant workers in https://j.mp/...
09/27/2021

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers was formed in the 1990s to fight the exploitation of migrant workers in https://j.mp/3m1Jkbq 2003, they staged one of the largest hunger strikes in the U.S., lasting over 10 days.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers was formed in the 1990s to fight the exploitation of migrant workers in https://j.mp/3m1Jkbq 2003, they staged one of the largest hunger strikes in the U.S., lasting over 10 days.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

Emma Tenayuca was a Mexican-American labor leader, teacher, and community organizer. In 1939, she led the Pecan Shellers...
09/23/2021

Emma Tenayuca was a Mexican-American labor leader, teacher, and community organizer. In 1939, she led the Pecan Shellers Strike for the National Workers' Alliance. As a result the National Labor Relations Act raised wages to twenty-five cents an hour.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

Emma Tenayuca was a Mexican-American labor leader, teacher, and community organizer. In 1939, she led the Pecan Shellers Strike for the National Workers' Alliance. As a result the National Labor Relations Act raised wages to twenty-five cents an hour.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

In 1933, 1,500 agricultural workers in El Monte, California’s went on strike for higher wages and against the racist pra...
09/21/2021

In 1933, 1,500 agricultural workers in El Monte, California’s went on strike for higher wages and against the racist practices against hispanic workers. Organized by the Cannery and Agricultural Workers’ Industrial Union, they won a stable wage of $1.50.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

In 1933, 1,500 agricultural workers in El Monte, California’s went on strike for higher wages and against the racist practices against hispanic workers. Organized by the Cannery and Agricultural Workers’ Industrial Union, they won a stable wage of $1.50.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

The #PROact is design to give workers a voice and to prevent employer intimidation. Tell your Senator to say "YES" to th...
09/21/2021
Action Network

The #PROact is design to give workers a voice and to prevent employer intimidation. Tell your Senator to say "YES" to the #PROact today!
https://j.mp/39UFJH5

In 1903, when workers in the sugar boomtown of Oxnard, California joined together to form the Japanese-Mexican Labor Ass...
09/20/2021

In 1903, when workers in the sugar boomtown of Oxnard, California joined together to form the Japanese-Mexican Labor Association. They were fighting drastic wage cut and the overpriced sale of goods in their working community. 90% of workers went on strike.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

In 1903, when workers in the sugar boomtown of Oxnard, California joined together to form the Japanese-Mexican Labor Association. They were fighting drastic wage cut and the overpriced sale of goods in their working community. 90% of workers went on strike.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

In 1962, Dolores Huerta and César Chávez founded the National Farmworkers Association. They focused heavily on the labor...
09/18/2021

In 1962, Dolores Huerta and César Chávez founded the National Farmworkers Association. They focused heavily on the labor rights for Latin agricultural workers in the US. They fought for benefits, higher pay, and representation for these workers.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

In 1962, Dolores Huerta and César Chávez founded the National Farmworkers Association. They focused heavily on the labor rights for Latin agricultural workers in the US. They fought for benefits, higher pay, and representation for these workers.
#HispanicHeritageMonth

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The 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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