Tell President Trump to Safeguard American Steel and Aluminum Against Unfair Imports

Brigadier General John Adams Retired, U.S. Army

Brigadier General John Adams, U.S. Army (Ret.), sent the following email to Alliance for American Manufacturing supporters this week to explain the issue and encourage them to take action. Take a look below, and be sure to join us in telling President Trump and Congress to utilize all available tools to safeguard these vital industries


We’ve all heard a lot about Russia lately.

But did you know that steel and aluminum imports from Russia — and other countries like China — are putting our security at risk?

Steel and aluminum are vital for America’s national defense and critical infrastructure. But a flood of unfairly traded imports has led to dozens of plant closures and tens of thousands of layoffs.

We do not want to have to rely on potential adversaries like Russia or China to get the steel and aluminum we need to build our aircraft carriers, battleships, tanks and fighter jets.

Tell President Trump and your Members of Congress to stand up to Russia and China. It’s time to defend American-made steel and aluminum!

Right now, the Commerce Department is reviewing whether steel and aluminum imports threaten our national defense. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is likely to send recommendations to the White House by the end of June, and the president could act.

Steel and aluminum manufacturers and workers cannot wait much longer.

There’s now just one American smelter that can produce the high-purity aluminum needed for the F-35 fighter jet. There’s now just one U.S. steel manufacturer who can make high-end grain-oriented electrical steel, essential for transmission and distribution transformers for all types of energy.

It’s because of foreign imports, many of which are heavily subsidized and even government-owned. These imports are dumped into the U.S. market at prices far below fair value.

American companies operate in a free marketplace. They can’t compete against the Russian or Chinese government! Many steel and aluminum makers have closed plants, laid-off workers or gone out of business entirely.

If we don’t step up, America’s entire steel and aluminum industries could disappear. We’d have to rely on Russia and China for our national defense needs. Can you even imagine?!?

Tell Congress and the White House to use all available tools to safeguard American-made steel and aluminum — and safeguard America’s national defense.

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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