Administration Continues to Delay Trade Action, Threatening Factory Job Growth

Alliance for American Manufacturing

Alliance for American Manufacturing

The manufacturing sector gained 16,000 jobs in July, according to the latest employment data from the Labor Department. Durable goods accounted for 13,000 manufacturing jobs amid hopes for action on the 232 steel and aluminum trade investigations.

Meanwhile, the goods deficit with China expanded to $31.3 billion, according to the Commerce Department

Said Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul: 

"Don't let the president's tweets fool you. Every chance the administration has had to make meaningful change on trade policy, they've kicked the can down the road.

"Just over one year ago, President-elect Trump promised to get tough on China's trade cheating by stopping Beijing's intellectual property theft, massive overcapacity, and currency manipulation. Now as president, Trump is currently zero for three on these issues. 

"The administration has delayed a Section 301 investigation into China's intellectual property theft and has pushed off the investigation into China's steel and aluminum overcapacity. Meanwhile, steel imports have risen 18 percent since April and any hope of finally labeling China a currency manipulator has fizzled.

"It is time for the administration to move from tweets to action. Job growth won't be sustainable without smart policy that cracks down on China's trade cheating, invests in infrastructure, and ensures a tax policy that boosts exports."


Reposted from AAM

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

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Sponsored by the California Labor Federation, Assembly Bill 5 codifies and expands on a 2018 California Supreme Court decision.

The bill also will help curb the rampant exploitation of workers by unscrupulous employers and give California’s working people the basic rights and protections we all deserve. Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign the bill into law.

 “The time is up for unscrupulous employers who claim their workers are ‘independent’ in order to cut corners on costs,”  California Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez said about A.B. 5


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