(USW) International President Leo Gerard issued the following statement
after the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its maintenance of
antidumping and countervailing duties on Chinese steel pipe imports:
“With thousands of
family-supporting jobs at stake, we applaud the DOC ruling to protect
American workers. When our international trade partners break the law, we
rightly depend on our government to enforce it to protect our communities
and prevent the continued erosion of our industrial base.
“The USW is
especially grateful to Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman of Ohio for their
leadership in calling on the DOC to prevent Chinese pipe producers from
exploiting a loophole that would have enabled them to avoid existing
antidumping and countervailing duties by changing a product’s ‘country of
origin’ after minor alterations elsewhere.
manufacturers have been dealing with the consequences of unfair foreign
trade for decades, and we remain committed to fighting to level the playing
field for American workers to compete globally.”
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.