United Steelworkers Press Releases Feed http://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/rss United Steelworkers Press Releases Feed 2020-06-02 11:12:05 -0500 AMPS en hourly 1 'We will not turn a deaf ear ... so many need so badly to be heard' https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/our-statement-on-deployment-of-military-on-peaceful-protestors Tue, 02 Jun 2020 11:12:05 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/our-statement-on-deployment-of-military-on-peaceful-protestors CONTACT:  Jess Kamm Broomell, (412) 562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

(Pittsburgh) – United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s threats to deploy the military against peaceful protesters.

Our nation continues to be torn apart as a result of the persistent, unlawful and unchecked violence against people of color. Now our president finally decided to leave the safety of his White House bunker and address the nation in person instead of through his Twitter account.  

“Yet rather than choosing to de-escalate the tensions or deliver a message of unity that recognizes the nation’s pain about the ongoing racism and victimization of our fellow citizens at the hands of the police, he instead decided to fan the flames.

“The president of the United States yesterday threatened to amass the military against the protesting citizens and to send armed soldiers into our states, whether the states want them or not. 

“We cannot underestimate the danger in his threats. 

“When a leader threatens to use the military to quiet our nation’s voice of protest, to quell our First Amendment rights, then we are all on shaky ground. We cannot tolerate this sort of intimidation, for those who would seek to quiet even a single voice will find any excuse to do so again and again. 

“Our labor movement does not and has never supported the destruction of property that unfortunately has taken place under the cover of these lawful and righteous protests. 

“But at a time when our economy is so troubled, when so many are dealing with the uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic and we are all trying to safely get back to work while making sure our families are healthy, we deserve solutions. Instead we get threats. 

“Our labor movement was born out of our inherent right to assemble and protest. We exist solely as a result of our right to act collectively and present grievances both in our workplaces and to our government. 

“The history of our union is filled with similar incidents of guardsmen and police forces being used against workers. It’s not a far stretch to envision expanded use of the military against today’s labor movement if we stand by while it happens against these protestors. 

“We cannot support a president who threatens such acts against his own citizens. These protestors are justifiably angry, and we share their anger. We will not turn a deaf ear in these desperate times during which so many need so badly to be heard.” 

The USW represents 850,000 workers in North America employed in many industries that include metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining and health care as well as in the service and public sectors. 

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'We will not turn a deaf ear ... so many need so badly to be heard' https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/our-statement-on-deployment-of-military-on-peaceful-protestors Tue, 02 Jun 2020 11:12:05 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/our-statement-on-deployment-of-military-on-peaceful-protestors CONTACT:  Jess Kamm Broomell, (412) 562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

(Pittsburgh) – United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s threats to deploy the military against peaceful protesters.

Our nation continues to be torn apart as a result of the persistent, unlawful and unchecked violence against people of color. Now our president finally decided to leave the safety of his White House bunker and address the nation in person instead of through his Twitter account.  

“Yet rather than choosing to de-escalate the tensions or deliver a message of unity that recognizes the nation’s pain about the ongoing racism and victimization of our fellow citizens at the hands of the police, he instead decided to fan the flames.

“The president of the United States yesterday threatened to amass the military against the protesting citizens and to send armed soldiers into our states, whether the states want them or not. 

“We cannot underestimate the danger in his threats. 

“When a leader threatens to use the military to quiet our nation’s voice of protest, to quell our First Amendment rights, then we are all on shaky ground. We cannot tolerate this sort of intimidation, for those who would seek to quiet even a single voice will find any excuse to do so again and again. 

“Our labor movement does not and has never supported the destruction of property that unfortunately has taken place under the cover of these lawful and righteous protests. 

“But at a time when our economy is so troubled, when so many are dealing with the uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic and we are all trying to safely get back to work while making sure our families are healthy, we deserve solutions. Instead we get threats. 

“Our labor movement was born out of our inherent right to assemble and protest. We exist solely as a result of our right to act collectively and present grievances both in our workplaces and to our government. 

“The history of our union is filled with similar incidents of guardsmen and police forces being used against workers. It’s not a far stretch to envision expanded use of the military against today’s labor movement if we stand by while it happens against these protestors. 

“We cannot support a president who threatens such acts against his own citizens. These protestors are justifiably angry, and we share their anger. We will not turn a deaf ear in these desperate times during which so many need so badly to be heard.” 

The USW represents 850,000 workers in North America employed in many industries that include metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining and health care as well as in the service and public sectors. 

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USW: Honor Pride Month by celebrating history, fighting for just future https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-honor-pride-month-by-celebrating-history-fighting-for-just-future Tue, 02 Jun 2020 09:35:35 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-honor-pride-month-by-celebrating-history-fighting-for-just-future Contact: Chelsey Engel, cengel@usw.org, (412) 562-1178

United Steelworkers (USW) Vice President Fred Redmond and the USW LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee released the following statement in honor of Pride Month:

“Fifty summers ago, the first-ever Pride March took place in New York City on June 28, 1970, on the one-year anniversary of the monumental Stonewall Riots. That moment in Greenwich Village in 1969 remains relevant and poignant today.

“Right now, as many of our communities express collective outrage over the many interwoven injustices brought further into the light, it is important to reflect on what happened on that heated night at the Stonewall Inn and on the nights that followed. We must remember the suffering and pain that precipitated the uprising and what rights the action eventually helped to win.

“But it is just as important to realize that the struggle for equality for LGBTQ+ people in America did not end with a march in 1970. Black trans women in 2020 have an average expected lifespan of 35 years.  Workers in more than half of U.S. states can still be fired from their jobs simply for their sexual orientation or gender identity. We must continue the fight to right these and far too many other wrongs until this nation is truly just and free for all.

“To do that, all people must come together to do the hard work of dismantling systems and beliefs that embolden homophobia, transphobia, and other hate-based ideologies, that divide workers for the sake of maintaining the status quo.

“The labor movement has always said that an injustice to one is an injustice to all; let us use this month, and every month onward, to live up to that acclamation and deepen our commitment to the liberation of all working people.”

The USW represents 850,000 working people employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

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USW: Honor Pride Month by celebrating history, fighting for just future https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-honor-pride-month-by-celebrating-history-fighting-for-just-future Tue, 02 Jun 2020 09:35:35 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-honor-pride-month-by-celebrating-history-fighting-for-just-future Contact: Chelsey Engel, cengel@usw.org, (412) 562-1178

United Steelworkers (USW) Vice President Fred Redmond and the USW LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee released the following statement in honor of Pride Month:

“Fifty summers ago, the first-ever Pride March took place in New York City on June 28, 1970, on the one-year anniversary of the monumental Stonewall Riots. That moment in Greenwich Village in 1969 remains relevant and poignant today.

“Right now, as many of our communities express collective outrage over the many interwoven injustices brought further into the light, it is important to reflect on what happened on that heated night at the Stonewall Inn and on the nights that followed. We must remember the suffering and pain that precipitated the uprising and what rights the action eventually helped to win.

“But it is just as important to realize that the struggle for equality for LGBTQ+ people in America did not end with a march in 1970. Black trans women in 2020 have an average expected lifespan of 35 years.  Workers in more than half of U.S. states can still be fired from their jobs simply for their sexual orientation or gender identity. We must continue the fight to right these and far too many other wrongs until this nation is truly just and free for all.

“To do that, all people must come together to do the hard work of dismantling systems and beliefs that embolden homophobia, transphobia, and other hate-based ideologies, that divide workers for the sake of maintaining the status quo.

“The labor movement has always said that an injustice to one is an injustice to all; let us use this month, and every month onward, to live up to that acclamation and deepen our commitment to the liberation of all working people.”

The USW represents 850,000 working people employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

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USW Urges Colorado Lawmakers to Quickly Pass Paid Sick Leave Bill https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-urges-colorado-lawmakers-to-quickly-pass-paid-sick-leave-bill Thu, 28 May 2020 14:22:40 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-urges-colorado-lawmakers-to-quickly-pass-paid-sick-leave-bill Contact: R.J. Hufnagel, rhufnagel@usw.org, 412-562-2450

The United Steelworkers (USW) union today urged the Colorado Senate and General Assembly to swiftly pass and the governor to sign the “Healthy Families and Workplaces Act,” which would provide paid sick leave to Colorado workers.

The legislation, SB20-205, would close dangerous loopholes in federal legislation that extended paid sick leave to some American workers during the COVID-19 crisis but left out others, including workers at companies with 500 or more employees. Additionally, workers would accrue an hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to 48 hours in a calendar year. 

More than 40 percent of Colorado workers – about 800,000 people – are not currently eligible to earn paid sick leave.

“At a time like this, we simply can’t force workers to make the choice between their health and their paycheck. Such a choice puts us all at risk,” said Gaylan Prescott, director of USW District 12, which includes Colorado and 10 other western U.S. states. “This bill will allow us to contain this dangerous virus more effectively, keep workers and families safer, and put our economy on the path to reopen and recover more quickly.”

The bill will help to prevent the spread of the virus to vulnerable communities and limit transmission of the disease, as fewer workers are forced to come to work sick, Prescott said.

“When workplaces and workers are healthy, businesses thrive,” he said. “A healthy work force means higher employee satisfaction, higher productivity and lower turnover. All of these factors serve to strengthen individual businesses and our overall economy.”

A poll conducted in early May showed 78 percent of Colorado voters support a law requiring employers to provide paid sick leave for workers to care for themselves and their families.

“All workers – whether during a pandemic or otherwise – deserve time to care for their health and the health of their families, particularly front-line workers like those in the health care and service industries,” Prescott said. “We have learned the hard way during this crisis that the health of our economy and the health of our work force are inextricably linked. This bill will give us the tools to protect both, now and in the future.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

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USW Urges Colorado Lawmakers to Quickly Pass Paid Sick Leave Bill https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-urges-colorado-lawmakers-to-quickly-pass-paid-sick-leave-bill Thu, 28 May 2020 14:22:40 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-urges-colorado-lawmakers-to-quickly-pass-paid-sick-leave-bill Contact: R.J. Hufnagel, rhufnagel@usw.org, 412-562-2450

The United Steelworkers (USW) union today urged the Colorado Senate and General Assembly to swiftly pass and the governor to sign the “Healthy Families and Workplaces Act,” which would provide paid sick leave to Colorado workers.

The legislation, SB20-205, would close dangerous loopholes in federal legislation that extended paid sick leave to some American workers during the COVID-19 crisis but left out others, including workers at companies with 500 or more employees. Additionally, workers would accrue an hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to 48 hours in a calendar year. 

More than 40 percent of Colorado workers – about 800,000 people – are not currently eligible to earn paid sick leave.

“At a time like this, we simply can’t force workers to make the choice between their health and their paycheck. Such a choice puts us all at risk,” said Gaylan Prescott, director of USW District 12, which includes Colorado and 10 other western U.S. states. “This bill will allow us to contain this dangerous virus more effectively, keep workers and families safer, and put our economy on the path to reopen and recover more quickly.”

The bill will help to prevent the spread of the virus to vulnerable communities and limit transmission of the disease, as fewer workers are forced to come to work sick, Prescott said.

“When workplaces and workers are healthy, businesses thrive,” he said. “A healthy work force means higher employee satisfaction, higher productivity and lower turnover. All of these factors serve to strengthen individual businesses and our overall economy.”

A poll conducted in early May showed 78 percent of Colorado voters support a law requiring employers to provide paid sick leave for workers to care for themselves and their families.

“All workers – whether during a pandemic or otherwise – deserve time to care for their health and the health of their families, particularly front-line workers like those in the health care and service industries,” Prescott said. “We have learned the hard way during this crisis that the health of our economy and the health of our work force are inextricably linked. This bill will give us the tools to protect both, now and in the future.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

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USW: Dam Failure Disaster Spotlights Need for Large-Scale Infrastructure Commitment https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-dam-failure-disaster-spotlights-need-for-large-scale-infrastructure-commitment Thu, 21 May 2020 13:11:00 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-dam-failure-disaster-spotlights-need-for-large-scale-infrastructure-commitment Contact: R.J. Hufnagel, rhufnagel@usw.org, 412-562-2450

The United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway released the following statement today in response to the breaching of the Edenville and Sanford dams, which caused historic flooding and forced at least 10,000 people from their homes in and around Midland, Mich.:

“This is a devastating blow to the people and communities of central Michigan, many of whom are members of our union. Our hearts go out to them and their families and to everyone dealing with the results of this terrible disaster.

“In particular, Midland is home to the headquarters and manufacturing facilities for Dow Chemical Co., where approximately 700 USW members make their living, as well as hundreds more members who work at other facilities in the area. The safety and well-being of them and their families is of paramount concern at this terrible time.

“Unfortunately, among the many upsetting facts about this situation is that it could and should have been prevented. The Edenville Dam is nearly 100 years old, and officials have warned for years that it was inadequate to handle water levels of this magnitude.

“This disaster brings into clear focus the horrible consequences of the federal government’s failure to invest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. President Trump made that issue a central part of his campaign, and yet, four years later, we are still waiting for action.

“Especially at this time of ever-rising unemployment and economic anxiety, it’s time for leaders in Washington, D.C., to come to an agreement for a massive overhaul of our infrastructure. This will put Americans back to work, bring our country fully into the 21st century, allow us to compete in the global economy, and prevent future disasters like the one in Midland from devastating our communities.

“Our hope is that the government responds with swift relief for the people and businesses in the Midland region so that they can quickly recover from this tragedy.

“Then lawmakers must turn their attention to the rest of the country and provide the investments necessary to make sure a disaster like this doesn’t happen again.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

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USW: Dam Failure Disaster Spotlights Need for Large-Scale Infrastructure Commitment https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-dam-failure-disaster-spotlights-need-for-large-scale-infrastructure-commitment Thu, 21 May 2020 13:11:00 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-dam-failure-disaster-spotlights-need-for-large-scale-infrastructure-commitment Contact: R.J. Hufnagel, rhufnagel@usw.org, 412-562-2450

The United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway released the following statement today in response to the breaching of the Edenville and Sanford dams, which caused historic flooding and forced at least 10,000 people from their homes in and around Midland, Mich.:

“This is a devastating blow to the people and communities of central Michigan, many of whom are members of our union. Our hearts go out to them and their families and to everyone dealing with the results of this terrible disaster.

“In particular, Midland is home to the headquarters and manufacturing facilities for Dow Chemical Co., where approximately 700 USW members make their living, as well as hundreds more members who work at other facilities in the area. The safety and well-being of them and their families is of paramount concern at this terrible time.

“Unfortunately, among the many upsetting facts about this situation is that it could and should have been prevented. The Edenville Dam is nearly 100 years old, and officials have warned for years that it was inadequate to handle water levels of this magnitude.

“This disaster brings into clear focus the horrible consequences of the federal government’s failure to invest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. President Trump made that issue a central part of his campaign, and yet, four years later, we are still waiting for action.

“Especially at this time of ever-rising unemployment and economic anxiety, it’s time for leaders in Washington, D.C., to come to an agreement for a massive overhaul of our infrastructure. This will put Americans back to work, bring our country fully into the 21st century, allow us to compete in the global economy, and prevent future disasters like the one in Midland from devastating our communities.

“Our hope is that the government responds with swift relief for the people and businesses in the Midland region so that they can quickly recover from this tragedy.

“Then lawmakers must turn their attention to the rest of the country and provide the investments necessary to make sure a disaster like this doesn’t happen again.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

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USW Endorses Joe Biden for President https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-endorses-joe-biden-for-president Wed, 20 May 2020 10:17:08 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-endorses-joe-biden-for-president Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, (412) 562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) union today endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race.

“Vice President Biden has long been a friend of workers and our union,” said USW International President Thomas M. Conway. “The USW is proud to stand with him now as he seeks to put our country back on a path toward shared prosperity through responsible leadership.”

The decision was the culmination of a months-long process that began last fall when the union sent all the prospective presidential candidates a detailed questionnaire to determine where each of them stands on key issues affecting working people.

The USW then shared this questionnaire with its entire U.S. membership. It also solicited feedback through a membership survey and held approximately 170 town hall meetings across the country where members could discuss their top priorities and concerns. 

“We came to this endorsement through listening,” said Conway. “We listened to our members when they told us that their top issues were affordable health care and prescription drugs, retirement security, and labor laws that protect working people.

“We also listened to the candidates, examined their responses to our questionnaire and assessed what their past records demonstrate about their values.”

“Vice President Biden shared with us his plans for how he intends to expand access to affordable health care, protect those with preexisting conditions, stabilize multiemployer pension plans, defend Social Security and preserve and expand labor rights.

“Joe Biden spent his life fighting for these things because he understands what it’s like to work for a living. As the son of a working-class family from Pennsylvania’s coal country, he has never forgotten his roots.

“We are confident that as president, he will put workers and their needs first.”

Conway said the union has a responsibility to back a candidate who knows the challenges workers face on the job.

“Workers need an administration that takes workplace health and safety seriously, now more than ever, and Vice President Biden’s record supporting strong, enforceable federal safety standards that help keep workers healthy and safe make it clear that he is committed to this vital work.

“On issues from creating good paying jobs through significant investment in our crumbling infrastructure to raising the minimum wage, we know Vice President Biden stands with working people,” Conway said.

President Trump did not respond to the union’s questionnaire.

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

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USW Endorses Joe Biden for President https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-endorses-joe-biden-for-president Wed, 20 May 2020 10:17:08 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-endorses-joe-biden-for-president Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, (412) 562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) union today endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race.

“Vice President Biden has long been a friend of workers and our union,” said USW International President Thomas M. Conway. “The USW is proud to stand with him now as he seeks to put our country back on a path toward shared prosperity through responsible leadership.”

The decision was the culmination of a months-long process that began last fall when the union sent all the prospective presidential candidates a detailed questionnaire to determine where each of them stands on key issues affecting working people.

The USW then shared this questionnaire with its entire U.S. membership. It also solicited feedback through a membership survey and held approximately 170 town hall meetings across the country where members could discuss their top priorities and concerns. 

“We came to this endorsement through listening,” said Conway. “We listened to our members when they told us that their top issues were affordable health care and prescription drugs, retirement security, and labor laws that protect working people.

“We also listened to the candidates, examined their responses to our questionnaire and assessed what their past records demonstrate about their values.”

“Vice President Biden shared with us his plans for how he intends to expand access to affordable health care, protect those with preexisting conditions, stabilize multiemployer pension plans, defend Social Security and preserve and expand labor rights.

“Joe Biden spent his life fighting for these things because he understands what it’s like to work for a living. As the son of a working-class family from Pennsylvania’s coal country, he has never forgotten his roots.

“We are confident that as president, he will put workers and their needs first.”

Conway said the union has a responsibility to back a candidate who knows the challenges workers face on the job.

“Workers need an administration that takes workplace health and safety seriously, now more than ever, and Vice President Biden’s record supporting strong, enforceable federal safety standards that help keep workers healthy and safe make it clear that he is committed to this vital work.

“On issues from creating good paying jobs through significant investment in our crumbling infrastructure to raising the minimum wage, we know Vice President Biden stands with working people,” Conway said.

President Trump did not respond to the union’s questionnaire.

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

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USW Files Trade Petitions on PVLT Tires from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-files-trade-petitions-on-pvlt-tires-from-korea-taiwan-thailand-and-vietnam Wed, 13 May 2020 14:07:57 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-files-trade-petitions-on-pvlt-tires-from-korea-taiwan-thailand-and-vietnam Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, (412) 562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) union today announced that it filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions on dumped and subsidized passenger vehicle and light truck (PVLT) tires with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission.

The petitions allege dumping margins as high as 195 percent for Korea, 147 percent for Taiwan, 217 percent for Thailand, and 33 percent for Vietnam. The petitions also detail numerous government subsidies benefitting Vietnamese tire producers, including loans, tax breaks, and grants.

PVLT tire imports from these four countries shot up nearly 20 percent from 2017 to 2019, reaching 85.3 million tires, valued at $4.4 billion dollars, last year.

“This deluge of unfairly traded imports hurt our domestic industry and workers, including many USW members,” said USW International President Tom Conway. “Even though demand for PVLT tires increased, domestic producers were still forced to grapple with reduced market share, falling profits and lost jobs.”

The USW obtained AD and CVD orders on PVLT tires from China in 2015, and Chinese imports have since shrunk dramatically, allowing the domestic industry to invest in new capacity in the United States.

Yet importers soon sought out new sources of unfairly traded goods. Chinese producers, desperate for continued access to the attractive U.S. market, also invested in facilities in Korea and Thailand in order to export PVLT tires without paying AD or CVD duties.

“Slowing Chinese imports was vitally important to saving the domestic tire industry,” said Kevin Johnsen, who chairs the USW’s Rubber and Plastics Industry Conference. “But Chinese producers found a way around our safeguards, and other bad actors are eager to take advantage of U.S. demand.”

The USW’s petition is also the first petition to contain a currency undervaluation subsidy under new rules the Department of Commerce issued earlier this year. It alleges that the Vietnamese government’s systematic undervaluation of the Vietnamese dong in relation to the U.S. dollar constitutes a countervailable subsidy.

“The USW has long sounded the alarm on the dangers of currency manipulation and its impact on trade,” said Conway. “Now, under the Commerce Department’s new rules, we must address it for what it is: an illegal subsidy.” 

The Covid-19 crisis is putting even more pressure on domestic producers, increasing the stakes of addressing unfair trade, Conway said.

“The only thing domestic producers should be worrying about right now is how to restart their operations safely,” said Conway. “Yet even as they face falling demand in the wake of this deadly disease, they’re still struggling with unfairly traded imports that have continued largely unabated. Our only chance to preserve thousands of good, family-sustaining jobs is to stem this tide.”

The USW is the largest North American union in tire manufacturing, representing workers at the following U.S. PVLT tire plants: Cooper Tire’s plants in Findlay, Ohio and Texarkana, Ark.; Goodyear’s plants in Fayetteville, N.C., Gadsden, Ala., and Topeka, Kan.; Michelin’s plants in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Sumitomo’s plant in Tonawanda, N.Y.; and Yokohama’s plant in Salem, Va.

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

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USW Files Trade Petitions on PVLT Tires from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-files-trade-petitions-on-pvlt-tires-from-korea-taiwan-thailand-and-vietnam Wed, 13 May 2020 14:07:57 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-files-trade-petitions-on-pvlt-tires-from-korea-taiwan-thailand-and-vietnam Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, (412) 562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) union today announced that it filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions on dumped and subsidized passenger vehicle and light truck (PVLT) tires with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission.

The petitions allege dumping margins as high as 195 percent for Korea, 147 percent for Taiwan, 217 percent for Thailand, and 33 percent for Vietnam. The petitions also detail numerous government subsidies benefitting Vietnamese tire producers, including loans, tax breaks, and grants.

PVLT tire imports from these four countries shot up nearly 20 percent from 2017 to 2019, reaching 85.3 million tires, valued at $4.4 billion dollars, last year.

“This deluge of unfairly traded imports hurt our domestic industry and workers, including many USW members,” said USW International President Tom Conway. “Even though demand for PVLT tires increased, domestic producers were still forced to grapple with reduced market share, falling profits and lost jobs.”

The USW obtained AD and CVD orders on PVLT tires from China in 2015, and Chinese imports have since shrunk dramatically, allowing the domestic industry to invest in new capacity in the United States.

Yet importers soon sought out new sources of unfairly traded goods. Chinese producers, desperate for continued access to the attractive U.S. market, also invested in facilities in Korea and Thailand in order to export PVLT tires without paying AD or CVD duties.

“Slowing Chinese imports was vitally important to saving the domestic tire industry,” said Kevin Johnsen, who chairs the USW’s Rubber and Plastics Industry Conference. “But Chinese producers found a way around our safeguards, and other bad actors are eager to take advantage of U.S. demand.”

The USW’s petition is also the first petition to contain a currency undervaluation subsidy under new rules the Department of Commerce issued earlier this year. It alleges that the Vietnamese government’s systematic undervaluation of the Vietnamese dong in relation to the U.S. dollar constitutes a countervailable subsidy.

“The USW has long sounded the alarm on the dangers of currency manipulation and its impact on trade,” said Conway. “Now, under the Commerce Department’s new rules, we must address it for what it is: an illegal subsidy.” 

The Covid-19 crisis is putting even more pressure on domestic producers, increasing the stakes of addressing unfair trade, Conway said.

“The only thing domestic producers should be worrying about right now is how to restart their operations safely,” said Conway. “Yet even as they face falling demand in the wake of this deadly disease, they’re still struggling with unfairly traded imports that have continued largely unabated. Our only chance to preserve thousands of good, family-sustaining jobs is to stem this tide.”

The USW is the largest North American union in tire manufacturing, representing workers at the following U.S. PVLT tire plants: Cooper Tire’s plants in Findlay, Ohio and Texarkana, Ark.; Goodyear’s plants in Fayetteville, N.C., Gadsden, Ala., and Topeka, Kan.; Michelin’s plants in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Sumitomo’s plant in Tonawanda, N.Y.; and Yokohama’s plant in Salem, Va.

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

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USW Urges Swift Action on Pennsylvania Sick Leave Bill https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-urges-swift-action-on-pennsylvania-sick-leave-bill Wed, 13 May 2020 11:44:19 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-urges-swift-action-on-pennsylvania-sick-leave-bill Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, (412) 562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) union today applauded Pennsylvania Rep. Dan Miller’s introduction of Pennsylvania House Bill 2495, calling for expanded emergency sick leave provisions in the wake of the deadly coronavirus.

The state legislation would close dangerous loopholes in the federal government’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which extends paid sick leave to some Americans but leaves out workers at companies employing 500 or more people.

“In this uncertain time, workers are putting their lives on the line to keep our communities healthy and safe,” said USW District 10 Director Bobby “Mac” McAuliffe. “Excluding some of them from basic, common-sense protections based on where they work or how big their employer is, is simply unacceptable.”

Shoring up deficiencies in national legislation will also help protect vulnerable communities and limit transmission of the disease, as fewer workers feel pressure to come to work sick, either out of financial necessity or because they fear retaliation from their employers, McAuliffe said.

“Our union fights for paid leave and other health and safety provisions for our members, but all workers deserve these protections, especially now,” said McAuliffe. “Rep. Miller’s bill reflects this need. We urge the Pennsylvania General Assembly to quickly pass this badly needed legislation and Gov. Wolf to sign it into law.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

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USW Urges Swift Action on Pennsylvania Sick Leave Bill https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-urges-swift-action-on-pennsylvania-sick-leave-bill Wed, 13 May 2020 11:44:19 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-urges-swift-action-on-pennsylvania-sick-leave-bill Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, (412) 562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) union today applauded Pennsylvania Rep. Dan Miller’s introduction of Pennsylvania House Bill 2495, calling for expanded emergency sick leave provisions in the wake of the deadly coronavirus.

The state legislation would close dangerous loopholes in the federal government’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which extends paid sick leave to some Americans but leaves out workers at companies employing 500 or more people.

“In this uncertain time, workers are putting their lives on the line to keep our communities healthy and safe,” said USW District 10 Director Bobby “Mac” McAuliffe. “Excluding some of them from basic, common-sense protections based on where they work or how big their employer is, is simply unacceptable.”

Shoring up deficiencies in national legislation will also help protect vulnerable communities and limit transmission of the disease, as fewer workers feel pressure to come to work sick, either out of financial necessity or because they fear retaliation from their employers, McAuliffe said.

“Our union fights for paid leave and other health and safety provisions for our members, but all workers deserve these protections, especially now,” said McAuliffe. “Rep. Miller’s bill reflects this need. We urge the Pennsylvania General Assembly to quickly pass this badly needed legislation and Gov. Wolf to sign it into law.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

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USW Supports Latest COVID Aid, Calls for Continued Bipartisan Action https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-supports-latest-covid-aid-calls-for-continued-bipartisan-action Fri, 24 Apr 2020 11:00:00 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-supports-latest-covid-aid-calls-for-continued-bipartisan-action Contact: Chelsey Engel, 412-562-1178, cengel@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today called the bipartisan passage of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act another important step in ensuring the safety and health of both workers and the economy, and expressed support for the aid to small businesses and the health care industry.

The legislation, signed by the president today, added $75 billion in extra funding for hospitals to use for a variety of purposes, including vital personal protective equipment (PPE), testing and other supplies. Many in labor, including the USW, believed the initial allocation in the CARES Act, passed on March 27, did not go far enough for health care workers.

“This package provides a significant amount of funding to those who are risking their lives on the front lines of this pandemic, and we applaud that,” said International President Thomas M. Conway. “It is essential that they have every resource they need, and that national and state legislatures keep working to ensure this support continues.”

Conway also said there is much work to be done.

“The Occupational Safety and Health Administration must immediately pass an enforceable emergency standard to better protect front-line workers, and future legislation must provide a mechanism for health care and other front-line workers to have guaranteed access to COVID-related sick leave,” Conway said.

Future relief should include significant investment in infrastructure, Conway said, as well as address the multiemployer pension crisis, so that vulnerable retirees are not further harmed in the economic wake of the virus.

The union also said it is disappointed in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for suggesting that states could pursue bankruptcy as an alternative to federal stimulus.

“Suggesting states be left to fend for themselves is disgraceful,” said Conway. “Working families are struggling through no fault of their own. McConnell playing politics with aid money they desperately need is simply unacceptable.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

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USW Supports Latest COVID Aid, Calls for Continued Bipartisan Action https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-supports-latest-covid-aid-calls-for-continued-bipartisan-action Fri, 24 Apr 2020 11:00:00 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-supports-latest-covid-aid-calls-for-continued-bipartisan-action Contact: Chelsey Engel, 412-562-1178, cengel@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) today called the bipartisan passage of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act another important step in ensuring the safety and health of both workers and the economy, and expressed support for the aid to small businesses and the health care industry.

The legislation, signed by the president today, added $75 billion in extra funding for hospitals to use for a variety of purposes, including vital personal protective equipment (PPE), testing and other supplies. Many in labor, including the USW, believed the initial allocation in the CARES Act, passed on March 27, did not go far enough for health care workers.

“This package provides a significant amount of funding to those who are risking their lives on the front lines of this pandemic, and we applaud that,” said International President Thomas M. Conway. “It is essential that they have every resource they need, and that national and state legislatures keep working to ensure this support continues.”

Conway also said there is much work to be done.

“The Occupational Safety and Health Administration must immediately pass an enforceable emergency standard to better protect front-line workers, and future legislation must provide a mechanism for health care and other front-line workers to have guaranteed access to COVID-related sick leave,” Conway said.

Future relief should include significant investment in infrastructure, Conway said, as well as address the multiemployer pension crisis, so that vulnerable retirees are not further harmed in the economic wake of the virus.

The union also said it is disappointed in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for suggesting that states could pursue bankruptcy as an alternative to federal stimulus.

“Suggesting states be left to fend for themselves is disgraceful,” said Conway. “Working families are struggling through no fault of their own. McConnell playing politics with aid money they desperately need is simply unacceptable.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

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USW: Administration Undermines Buy American, Hire American https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-administration-undermines-buy-american-hire-american Mon, 20 Apr 2020 08:26:32 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-administration-undermines-buy-american-hire-american Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, (412) 562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

(PITTSBURGH) – United Steelworkers (USW) International President Thomas M. Conway issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s Sunday night announcement that it will delay collecting certain tariffs for 90 days:

“Manufacturing workers across the country woke up this morning to learn that the administration granted importers of certain foreign goods a three-month delay in paying the tariffs they owed on them.   

“This was a gift that major importers and global businesses had been demanding for weeks but was repeatedly disavowed by the administration, including by the president himself. 

“It’s no wonder that the announcement of this decision was made at 8:30 Sunday night when most Americans were huddled at home protecting themselves, their families, friends and communities, seeking to stem the continued spread of COVID-19. 

“Auto workers in Michigan whose plants are either shuttered or have been repurposed to make ventilators for COVID-19 victims, glassworkers in Ohio, workers making shoes in Wisconsin, and millions of other workers in every state, are questioning why importers are being given this gift when they have been told that this administration’s and this president’s priority is to ‘Buy American.’   

“They wonder why importers of Japanese cars can delay tariff payment for 90 days when many of those same importers also received loans which may very well be forgiven. Millions of other workers will wonder the same thing about the products they make that still must compete with foreign imports: online, on retail shelves and in showrooms.

“Many of the products included in this tariff holiday are already here, and importers knew they had a duty to pay. They claimed they needed this break to assist with cash flow. 

“But millions of retail workers who have already been laid off will be hard pressed to find any benefit in this new ‘liquidity’ as they wait for unemployment benefits and wonder how they’re going to put food on the table, make their rent or mortgage payments or afford health care. 

“We appreciate the fact that this decision will not apply to the tariffs that are the result of trade enforcement measures. We fought for that.  But many other domestic producers are also facing tremendous competitive pressures from importers, especially those who have outsourced their production.

“The administration should not have tried to hide this decision by announcing it on a Sunday evening. Instead, the president should have made the announcement himself, during the light of day, so he could explain why he would do something that runs so antithetical to his claimed priority to ‘Buy American, Hire American.’”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

 


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USW: Administration Undermines Buy American, Hire American https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-administration-undermines-buy-american-hire-american Mon, 20 Apr 2020 08:26:32 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-administration-undermines-buy-american-hire-american Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, (412) 562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

(PITTSBURGH) – United Steelworkers (USW) International President Thomas M. Conway issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s Sunday night announcement that it will delay collecting certain tariffs for 90 days:

“Manufacturing workers across the country woke up this morning to learn that the administration granted importers of certain foreign goods a three-month delay in paying the tariffs they owed on them.   

“This was a gift that major importers and global businesses had been demanding for weeks but was repeatedly disavowed by the administration, including by the president himself. 

“It’s no wonder that the announcement of this decision was made at 8:30 Sunday night when most Americans were huddled at home protecting themselves, their families, friends and communities, seeking to stem the continued spread of COVID-19. 

“Auto workers in Michigan whose plants are either shuttered or have been repurposed to make ventilators for COVID-19 victims, glassworkers in Ohio, workers making shoes in Wisconsin, and millions of other workers in every state, are questioning why importers are being given this gift when they have been told that this administration’s and this president’s priority is to ‘Buy American.’   

“They wonder why importers of Japanese cars can delay tariff payment for 90 days when many of those same importers also received loans which may very well be forgiven. Millions of other workers will wonder the same thing about the products they make that still must compete with foreign imports: online, on retail shelves and in showrooms.

“Many of the products included in this tariff holiday are already here, and importers knew they had a duty to pay. They claimed they needed this break to assist with cash flow. 

“But millions of retail workers who have already been laid off will be hard pressed to find any benefit in this new ‘liquidity’ as they wait for unemployment benefits and wonder how they’re going to put food on the table, make their rent or mortgage payments or afford health care. 

“We appreciate the fact that this decision will not apply to the tariffs that are the result of trade enforcement measures. We fought for that.  But many other domestic producers are also facing tremendous competitive pressures from importers, especially those who have outsourced their production.

“The administration should not have tried to hide this decision by announcing it on a Sunday evening. Instead, the president should have made the announcement himself, during the light of day, so he could explain why he would do something that runs so antithetical to his claimed priority to ‘Buy American, Hire American.’”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

 


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USW: Reported Administration Tariff Actions Troubling https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-reported-administration-tariff-actions-troubling Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:01:20 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-reported-administration-tariff-actions-troubling Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, (412) 562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) International President Thomas M. Conway issued the following statement in response to reports that the Trump administration will defer collecting MFN tariffs for 90 days:

“The administration’s plan to allow importers to defer certain tariffs, as reported in multiple press outlets, is ill advised and puts thousands of American jobs at needless risk.

“The argument that this move is necessary to increase ‘liquidity’ is also extremely troubling, as any flexibility it will afford will go to foreign producers and importers, while putting further strain on domestic manufacturers at a time when they can least afford it.

“Domestic workers making glassware, light trucks and countless other products will ultimately be the ones who pay the price as plants are forced to close and jobs are lost.

“The USW supports the administration’s reported decision to keep tariffs in place for items subject to current enforcement actions. These are vital protections that we must maintain.

“Nevertheless, the potential decision on MFN tariffs will hurt workers when they are most vulnerable.

“It’s indisputable that the United States must take bold, decisive action to protect its economy. However, the beneficiaries of these actions must always be workers and their families.

“Foreign manufacturers have been exploiting loopholes in our current trade laws for too long. Now is not the time for backsliding into a broken system.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

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USW: Reported Administration Tariff Actions Troubling https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-reported-administration-tariff-actions-troubling Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:01:20 -0500 https://m.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-reported-administration-tariff-actions-troubling Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell, (412) 562-2444, jkamm@usw.org

The United Steelworkers (USW) International President Thomas M. Conway issued the following statement in response to reports that the Trump administration will defer collecting MFN tariffs for 90 days:

“The administration’s plan to allow importers to defer certain tariffs, as reported in multiple press outlets, is ill advised and puts thousands of American jobs at needless risk.

“The argument that this move is necessary to increase ‘liquidity’ is also extremely troubling, as any flexibility it will afford will go to foreign producers and importers, while putting further strain on domestic manufacturers at a time when they can least afford it.

“Domestic workers making glassware, light trucks and countless other products will ultimately be the ones who pay the price as plants are forced to close and jobs are lost.

“The USW supports the administration’s reported decision to keep tariffs in place for items subject to current enforcement actions. These are vital protections that we must maintain.

“Nevertheless, the potential decision on MFN tariffs will hurt workers when they are most vulnerable.

“It’s indisputable that the United States must take bold, decisive action to protect its economy. However, the beneficiaries of these actions must always be workers and their families.

“Foreign manufacturers have been exploiting loopholes in our current trade laws for too long. Now is not the time for backsliding into a broken system.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

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