Strengthening U.S. Competitiveness Abroad Requires Getting Tough on Unfair Trade

Elizabeth Brotherton-Bunch

Elizabeth Brotherton-Bunch Digital Media Director, Alliance for American Manufacturing

Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul is set to tell Members of Congress on Wednesday that global industrial overcapacity — largely fueled by China —continues to threaten the United States and encourage action on national security investigations into steel and aluminum imports.

Paul will appear at an afternoon hearing on “Opportunities to Expand U.S. Trade Relationships in the Asia-Pacific Region” being held by the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade. He’ll encourage Members to “adopt policies that strengthen U.S. competitiveness and counteract the massively lopsided and growing trade deficit with China, as well as the significant and increasing deficits with South Korea, Japan, and other nations.”

And he’ll urge Members to press the Trump administration to finally unveil the findings of its Section 232 investigations into imports. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross initially promised to do so by the end of June, but now says the release will be delayed until after tax reform is complete. In the meantime, steel imports alone are up 21 percent, as countries rushed to dump their products into the U.S. market ahead of the investigation. Tens of thousands of U.S. workers have faced layoffs and dozens of mills have closed.

“We recently received news that steel mills in Pennsylvania would be reducing operations, including one that produces armor plate for the U.S. military and played an important role in supporting the production of armored vehicles to protect our service men and women from IED attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Paul says in prepared testimony. “Further delay results in a greater threat to America’s economic welfare and national security.”

Paul also will urge Congress to strengthen and enforce America’s trade laws, support maintaining China’s non-market economy status, act to stop China’s continued cyber theft of intellectual property and trade secrets, pass legislation to treat foreign currency manipulation as a subsidy under U.S. trade remedy laws, and strengthen rules of origin regulations in NAFTA and other trade agreements.

Finding effective ways to pressure China to finally reduce its massive industrial overcapacity is key to strengthening American production here at home and ensuring our markets are not “flooded with unfairly traded products,” Paul will tell lawmakers.

“China will only respond, and America will only benefit, if there are enforceable mechanisms to ensure that Beijing is living up to its commitments,” Paul says in prepared testimony.

Others set to testify before the committee include Matthew Goodman, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Kevin Sullivan, owner and operator of Santa Rosa Ranch; Demetrios Marantis, senior vice president and head of global government relations at Visa Inc.; and Stefanie Moreland, director of government relations and seafood sustainability at Trident Seafoods.

The heading is slated to begin at 2 p.m. in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

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

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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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