Thousands Tell President Trump to Safeguard American-made Steel and Aluminum

Elizabeth Brotherton-Bunch

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

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Monday that the Commerce Department “should” release the findings of its national security investigation into steel imports “later this week.”

But barring an unexpected Friday afternoon news dump, it looks like we’re going to have to wait a little longer to see what recommendations the department will have for President Trump in the Section 232 investigation.

In the meantime, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) supporters are making their voices heard. Nearly 4,000 people already have written to President Trump and their Members of Congress to urge them to “utilize all available tools — including the Section 232 remedy — to protect America’s economic and national security.”

And on Friday, AAM ran a full-page ad in the Washington Post thanking the president for his promise to stand with American steelworkers — and urging him to deliver a comprehensive Section 232 action.

As U.S. Army Brigadier Gen. John Adams (Ret.) outlined to AAM supporters earlier this week, dumped steel and aluminum imports from countries like Russia and China are putting America at risk.

We need both steel and aluminum for both our national defense needs and our critical infrastructure. But dumped imports from China and Russia have led to dozens of plant closures and tens of thousands of layoffs. Entire industries are threatened.

If America loses its ability to make steel or aluminum, we’ll have to rely on China and Russia for the materials needed to build everything from fighter jets and battleships to energy transformers and bridges.

Trump has promised to stand with steel and aluminum workers. With the steel import investigation wrapping up (and findings in the Section 232 aluminum case also expected soon) now is the time to make good on his word.

As AAM’s own Scott Paul noted, the voters who put Trump in office are watching very closely to see if the president makes good on his word to take on unfair trade. This is an opportunity he shouldn’t pass up.

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Reposted from AAM.

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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