Metal Trades Department Workplace Guidance and Resources



The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO is actively monitoring the situation. We are working closely with the AFL-CIO, our affiliated international unions, government agency partners, and employers to develop recommendations and guidelines.

Please check back frequently as this situation is rapidly developing.

?NEW: Directives for Shelter in Place


The Metal Trades Department Hotline

The MTD has set up a hotline to answer questions regarding the COVID-19 Virus and your workplace.

West Coast call: 202-508-3707

East Coast call: 202-508-3730

State Resources and Benefits Information from the AFL-CIO

COVID-19 Guidance


MTD Effects Bargaining 313.71 KB 8 downloads


    NAVFAC COVID-19 Guidance

      NAVSEA COVID-19 Guidance


      NAVSEA Continuation of Critical Work 57.25 KB 3 downloads


        About the Coronavirus Outbreak

        ?COVID-19,? a new coronavirus, has been identified as the cause of a cluster of severe pneumonia cases that emerged in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019.

        Thousands of contacts are under observation and hundreds of cases have been confirmed in Wuhan. Additional cases have been identified in the United States and several other countries around the globe.?

        About ?COVID-19?

        The virus is a coronavirus, which is a large family of viruses that can infect animals and/or humans. COVID-19 is similar to the viruses that cause SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome).

        Symptoms include fever and/or symptoms of lower respiratory illness such as coughing or difficulty breathing.

        With some viruses, the infectious period precedes symptoms and with other viruses it coincides with symptoms.

        Human-to-human transmission is confirmed. However, whether the disease is transmitted via contact, droplet, or aerosol remains unknown. It is also unknown whether asymptomatic cases are infectious.

        Employers Must Prepare to Keep Workers Safe

        There is often debate about what actions to take and when they should be taken in situations where knowledge is lacking about a specific health threat. Employers often prioritize saving money over safe care and wait to act. Delay in action is unacceptable.

        Stay Up-To-Date

        Please see the links below for the most up-to-date information on this rapidly evolving situation.

        Ways to protect yourself and others from coronavirus:

        There is currently no vaccine to prevent Corona virus infection, the best way to protect yourself from infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

        The following advice from the UN lists everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of the virus:

        • Frequently wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
        • Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when sneezing or coughing.
        • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
        • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or cough.
        • Stay at home if you are sick.
        • Seek early medical help if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, and share your travel history with healthcare providers.
        • Avoid direct, unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals when visiting live markets in affected areas.
        • Avoid eating raw or undercooked animal products and exercise care when handling raw meat, milk or eggs to avoid cross-contamination.

        Legislative Alert

        AFL-CIO Urges Congress to Adopt Emergency Legislation to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

        Press Release

        New Guidelines Issued by Trump?s CDC Dangerous to Frontline Workers

        Policy Statement

        A Petition to Secretary Scalia for an OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard for Infectious Disease