United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo Gerard has issued the
following statement in response to today’s announcement by Ambassador Ron
Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative, on the outcome of consultations with China
on wind energy subsidies following a Section 301 petition filed last
September by the USW on clean tech energy issues.
“The Steelworkers union petition and the Obama Administration's pursuit of
our complaint on the Special Fund provisions brought the Chinese to the
table with a commitment to end this program. That's good news for our
members, U.S. companies and American workers. It needs to be followed up
with continued vigilance, to ensure the Chinese keep their commitments.
“We need continued action on our other complaints in our petition to ensure
that China's protectionist and predatory practices in the clean tech energy
sector are eliminated.
“The USW is pleased that the Administration has been able to obtain a
termination of the unfair Chinese government program raised in consultations
involving prohibited subsidies under World Trade Organization (WTO)
standards established for local content requirements in the wind energy
sector. Termination of this program is one less distortion in the
marketplace for clean energy technology products.
“Our union membership, American workers, and our nation face many more
distortions and other clear WTO violations of obligations by the Chinese.
With this first green technology issue behind us, we encourage the
Administration to continue to work to level the playing field for clean
technology companies and American workers to grow sustained employment and
good job opportunities.”
For more background and a summary on the clean technology energy issues in
the 5,800 page petition filed by the USW visit