Commerce Department Issues a Preliminary Ruling on Dumped Chinese Aluminum

Matthew McMullan

Matthew McMullan Communications Manager, Alliance for American Manufacturing

The Commerce Department today found that imports of aluminum foil from China are subsidized. Reuters says:

U.S. aluminum foil producers had filed petitions with the U.S. government accusing Chinese producers of receiving subsidies and of "dumping" the product in the United States market, the first such case since President Donald Trump took office.

This preliminary ruling is gonna result in countervailing duties ranging from 16.56 percent to 80.97 percent – the Chinese companies that ignored the Commerce probe or gave incorrect information facing duties on the higher end. The plaintiffs were pleased with this result.

China has very quickly become the world’s leading producers of aluminum (In 2000, it accounted for 11 percent of global production; today, it accounts for more than half). Its industry did that not only with moxie and pluck, but an absolute load of government support.

(Kinda makes the arguments of free trade acolytes warning your Coors Light may cost another dime disingenuous – there’s precious little market-based in the Chinese aluminum industry.)  

Anyway, so much aluminum has flooded in recently that we’re down to only a handful of smelters in the entire country – and only one (in Kentucky) makes the high-purity aluminum that can be used in military applications.

The Trump administration is currently undertaking Section 232 investigations into imports of aluminum and steel, to determine if the increasingly one-sided trade flow of these commodities is harmful to national security. If it determines those trade flows are harmful, President Donald Trump could institute a slew of corrective measures, which would make this aluminum foil case small potatoes in comparison.

Will they? Won’t they? We think they should. Businesses and workers alike say the uncertainty has been painful. We’re watching closely to see what the administration does.

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Reposted from AAM

Posted In: From Alliance for American Manufacturing, Allied Approaches

Union Matters

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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