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JUL 22, 2014

International Trade Commission Votes to Move Forward on Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tire Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Case against China

(Pittsburgh) -- The United Steelworkers (USW) released the following statement today after the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted to proceed on the USW’s antidumping and countervailing duty petitions against passenger vehicle and light truck tire imports from China.  

The ITC’s vote comes a week after the Department of Commerce (DOC) initiated an investigation on imports of these products per the USW petitions. The petitions identified dumping margins as high as 87.99 percent and provided sufficient information to initiate an investigation on 39 separate subsidies available to tire producers in China.

“Today’s decision by the ITC to proceed on the Steelworkers’ petitions seeking relief from unfairly traded Chinese tires is critical to the thousands of workers in this industry,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “The ITC’s preliminary determination is a vital step on the path to restoring fair trade in passenger vehicle and light truck tires.

“President Obama in 2009 responded to a case filed by the USW and provided relief under a different section of our trade laws to stop a flood of these tires from China. That action helped stabilize the industry for the three years that relief was in place.  But as soon as the safeguard ended, China once again targeted the U.S. market, attacking the jobs of U.S. workers.  Massive dumping and subsidization of tires began to capture market share here in the United States.”

USW International Secretary-Treasurer Stan Johnson said that “while relief was in place, billions of dollars in investments were made by firms producing tires in the United States in new plant and equipment. But, China’s targeting of our industry has injured our members. They work hard and play by the rules and all they want is a fair chance to compete.  They deserve to have our nation’s trade laws aggressively and faithfully enforced.”

Tom Conway, USW International Vice President added, “China’s leaders aren’t interested in following the rules of international trade – they’re only interested in a win-at-any-cost, play-by-any-rules trade policy. The USW plays by the rules, but when other countries thumb their noses at fair play and cheat, our primary recourse is to pursue lengthy, expensive and sometimes uncertain processes to restore fairness and save our jobs. In essence, the only way we win is by losing: We have to lose jobs before we can act, and by the time relief is provided, if it even is, we’re faced with digging out of a hole.”

“The USW has brought or participated in more trade cases than any single entity. That is not a badge of honor,” said Gerard. “It’s a sign that our trade laws are in need of dramatic reform.

“We’re waging a fight against unfair trade based on rules that are more than a quarter century old, while our competitors target industry after industry. Things must change. Workers, and America, can’t afford much more of this.”


JUN 03, 2014

USW Files New Trade Case Against Unfairly Traded Chinese Passenger and Light Truck Tires

(Pittsburgh) -- The following statement was released by the United Steelworkers (USW) in conjunction with today’s filing of an antidumping and countervailing duty case against passenger and light truck tires from China. The case alleges massive dumping and substantial subsidization of sales of these products by China into the U.S. market.

“Unfairly priced imports of tires from China have resumed flooding the U.S. market,” said USW International PresidentLeo W. Gerard. “Domestic tire producers have been rapidly losing market share over the last two years.  Domestic shipments have been undercut by skyrocketing import growth from China, and while our economy recovers, domestic producers and their workers have not adequately shared in the benefits.  

“Dumping margins identified in the case are as high as 92 percent. Simply put, China is stealing American jobs and the Steelworkers intend to fight for every one of those jobs.”

The USW said that China has once again targeted the U.S. passenger and light truck market. In 2009, the USW filed a safeguard action against Chinese passenger and light truck tires, the first and only such successful action in history.  

“In the four years prior to that case -2004 to 2008- imports from China had skyrocketed from 14.6 to 46 million tires, causing significant harm to the U.S. tire industry, multiple plant closures and unacceptable job losses,” said USW International Secretary-Treasurer Stan Johnson, a former tire worker. “President Obama supported our effort and during the period that relief was in place, Chinese tire imports declined to roughly half of the pre-surge level.

“But, China is at it again. After the relief provided by the president expired in 2012, China again targeted the U.S. market. Imports have more than doubled to 50.8 million tires last year, and in the first quarter of 2014 alone, imported tires from China surged an additional 24.6 percent. This is a valuable market that China wants to exploit, and action to address this problem is vital.”

“Our fight for jobs in the sector is far from over,” said USW International Vice President Tom Conway. “China is expanding its industry and has targeted the U.S. market as the place to dump product and subsidize sales. As China expands production and increases employment in this sector, it is our workers who pay the price with job losses.

“We’re proud that the Obama administration stood by Americans who work hard, play by the rules and want to be able to compete on a level playing field. The facts in this case are strong, and we expect to win again with China having to abide by its WTO commitments and fair trade rules.”

“Filing trade cases is not something we take lightly,” said Gerard. “We would prefer that countries live by the rules. But when our members are injured, the Steelworkers act. We cannot stand idly by while China steals our jobs. Enforcing the rules is a fundamental prerequisite of the trading system, and China’s cheating is seriously undermining it.   

“American workers are sick and tired of trade deals that countries like China violate before the ink is even dry.”



May 21, 2014

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ATTENTION!!!

Members of Local 715,

The Arbitrations were held April 16th and 17th over the Attendance policy, Drug and Alcohol policy, and the QIR policy that the Company unilaterally implemented on October 28, 2013. At the conclusion of the hearing, the parties agreed that post hearing briefs would be submitted to the Arbitrator no later than June 30, 2014. Once the Arbitrator recieves the briefs from both parties, the award will be recieved in approximately 30 days.

The decision of the Arbitrator shall be final and binding upon the parties.


 


 

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