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(Pittsburgh) -- United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard issued the following statement today after the U.S. International Trade Commission voted unanimously to extend existing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on aluminum extrusions from China. In casting their votes, the commissioners agreed that the revocation of the orders would likely lead to additional material injury for producers and workers making the covered products.
“Once again, producers and workers had to defend themselves against Chinese predatory trade practices. The ITC’s vote helps ensure fair market pricing in the aluminum extrusion market as the threat of material injury from Chinese imports continues. If the orders were lifted, China would immediately resume its unfair trade attack.
“Since the orders were put in place, the domestic industry has been recovering from the ravages caused by China’s unfair trade. Production grew by more than 50 percent to over 1.3 million short tons in 2015. The number of production workers in the United States increased from 9,793 in 2009 to more than 15,000 in 2015. Clearly, the orders are effective in restoring fair pricing and show that, when we compete on a level playing field, America’s aluminum extruders thrive. This would not occur, however, without the orders and the relief they provide from China’s cheating.
“The USW remains committed to fighting, product-by-product, against foreign unfair trade as our competitors continue to send dumped and subsidized products into our market. Just this week, the USW has supported two new trade cases – one for silicon metal and another for aluminum foil. Bringing these cases is costly, but necessary to stave off lost jobs and the human suffering caused by unfair trade.
The USW represents 850,000 workers in North America employed in many industries that include metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining and the service and public sectors. For more information: http://www.usw.org/.