Hustle Up, President Trump

Matthew McMullan

Matthew McMullan Communications Manager, Alliance for American Manufacturing

On Tuesday dozens of steelworkers were on Capitol Hill, urging members of Congress to lean on the Trump administration to complete the Section 232 investigations into steel imports.  

Today, they sat down with Commerce Department officials, spoke by phone with Secretary Wilbur Ross and made the same request: Finish what you started.

“We told them 'you said you were going to do something, now you have to act,'” said Tom Conway with the United Steelworkers.

They’ve got a point. When President Trump announced these investigations in April, he was bound by the letter of the law to conclude them in 270 days – approximately nine months. The president assured everyone they wouldn’t need that long, and was transparent about what the outcome would be. “Steel folks are gonna be very happy,” he said in June.

But the steel folks aren’t happy, President Trump. And with good reason: By announcing a big ruling on steel imports was coming and then putting off its outcome – Trump announced in July the ruling would be delayed – the White House has created a window for imports to jump in before it closes. And jump in they have; imports are up more than 21 percent in the first eight months of this year.   

The consequences of this overcapacity problem are long-documented. Only a small amount of steel is produced for defense purposes, it’s true – but it takes a lot of capital and R&D to produce the specialty metals required for military armaments.

If America wants to build its own F-35 jets, tanks, aircraft and troop carriers, it needs a healthy domestic steel industry that help produce them.

But if that industry is run out of business because the state-owned competition in China can’t (or won’t) stop flooding the steel market, America won’t have one.

What's more, that will be felt in local economies wrapped up in the industry’s success, in communities in Illinois, Minnesota, and Indiana.


Reposted from AAM


Photo by Gage Skidmore

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

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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