How to fix the U.S. steel industry
Steelworkers, steel makers and other business groups have joined with business groups and a number of politicians in urging the U,S.
government to end the practice of importing steel from China.
They’re also trying to pressure the Obama administration to halt the import of steel to the U., and they’re pressing the Trump administration to follow the lead of Australia, Japan and many other countries and ban the importation of steel.
They say the U has a responsibility to keep American steel in the country and that its producers have the ability to build up the industry to meet domestic demand.
In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday, the steelworkers, the National Steelworkers Council and other groups urged the Obama-appointed U.n.
Trade Commissioner Robert Lighthizer to open an investigation into the import-export trade of steel from overseas.
“The U.K. is an important market for American steelworkers and American industry,” said Paul Boesch, president of the American Steelworkers Union.
“It is an essential part of the U.”
China has been importing steel to build the U.’s military and its nuclear program.
The Trump administration is now weighing whether to impose tariffs on imports of steel or other items.
But the U’s steel producers argue that the trade is beneficial to their business and would be in the best interests of the country.
“If we were to stop all the steel imports, it would mean that the U would have to import more steel from other countries,” said Michael Pert, president and CEO of the United Steelworkers union in Michigan.
The letter from the steel companies was signed by representatives of American Steel, Caterpillar, General Electric, General Motors, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Huntington Ingalls Industries, International Paper Corp., International Paper Europe, Mackie and International Paper, Phillips 66, Reynolds American, Suez and United Steel and Manufacturing Workers.
It was also signed by the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Chamber of Commerce, the UAW, the United Mine Workers, United Steel Workers Local 2521 and other unions.
The U.A.W. and the steel manufacturers are joined by several unions representing auto workers, truck drivers and others, including the United Automobile Workers, International Association of Machinists, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, National Education Association and the National Women’s Political Caucus.
“I don’t want to see American steel and steelmaking suffer in any way,” said Pert.
“We are fighting to keep jobs here and to ensure that this great American industry is not going to be taken away.”
The letter also noted that the United States has “more than 400,000 steelworkers” in the state of Michigan and has the fourth-highest rate of employment among the nation’s industrial states, behind California, New York and Texas.
And it said the U does not have to compete with other countries in order to keep its steel industry thriving.
“As the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Free and Fair Trade, I am particularly concerned about the trade in steel products that would result from the importations of steel products from China and other nations,” Lighthiser said in a statement Friday.
The Obama administration has said the trade policy has led to increased steel imports from China, which are more expensive for U.s. producers and are subject to higher duties.