Even now, we're still fighting for fair trade, jobs

Even as the novel coronavirus forces the cancellation of many in-person meetings, the USW continues its important work protecting members from unfair trade.

This week International Vice President Roxanne Brown provided written testimony to the International Trade Commission on behalf of the approximately 3,700 USW members in the aluminum industry, whose livelihoods are jeopardized by dumped and illegally subsidized common alloy sheet imports.

“Normally, this hearing would have taken place face-to-face, but as we all take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19, we’ve had to adapt so that we can advance our union’s vital mission,” said Brown. 

“The virus is rightly getting a great deal of attention from top lawmakers and the media, but that doesn’t mean that unfair trade has disappeared or that we can relent in our struggle for a level playing field.” 

Brown testified that a deluge of unfairly traded imports from 18 countries threatens USW members, including those at Aleris Corporation in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia; Arconic in Iowa; Constellium in West Virginia; and Jupiter Aluminum in Indiana.

“We will never stop fighting to save our members’ jobs or to protect the benefits of our retirees,” Brown said.

Click here to download Vice President Brown's full written testimony.

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