New Ad Campaign Urges Presidential Candidates to Hold China Accountable With race tightening, state-wide campaign demands commitment to end

China's cheating on trade laws; trade deficit costing 15,640 Pennsylvania

jobs per year







    WASHINGTON, April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With jobless
 claims at a two year high, and the economy the top concern for voters in
 the tightening Pennsylvania race, the Alliance for American Manufacturing
 (AAM) launched a statewide advertising and grassroots campaign today
 focusing on Pennsylvania job losses. The ad campaign - "China Cheats.
 Pennsylvania Loses." - urges the presidential candidates to hold China
 accountable for its unfair international trade practices that result in
 Pennsylvania job losses. The campaign will run through the April 22nd
 Pennsylvania primary and continue in Indiana and North Carolina.
 
 
 
     "China is a major contributor to today's economic woes," said AAM
 Director Scott Paul. "China cheats, and Pennsylvania loses. From toxic toys
 to nonexistent environmental standards, China continues to demonstrate that
 it's not playing by the same rules as everyone else. Pennsylvanians have
 lost over 78,000 jobs since 2001 as a result of the trade deficit with
 China. We've heard about Iraq, NAFTA, health care, and home mortgages, but
 we have yet to hear any of the candidates clearly commit to solving the
 China crisis."
 
 
 
     The "China Cheats" ads will appear in seven media markets across the
 state, including: Allentown, Altoona, Erie, Harrisburg, Johnstown,
 Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre. A PDF of the ad is
 posted at:
 www.americanmanufacturing.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/aam_penn
 sylvania_032708a.pdf
 
 
 
     In addition, the campaigns are now seeing and hearing from members of
 AAM Action, which includes retired and active employees. AAM Action
 coordinators are working across the state to press the candidates on trade
 and China issues. These efforts have begun to show results. Recently, an
 attendee at Hillary Clinton's Greensburg, PA town hall meeting asked a
 question about what the Senator would do about "imports from China." At a
 subsequent event in Raleigh, N.C., Senator Clinton said she would "get
 tough on China." In an Indiana television ad Senator Obama posed in front
 of a closed steel mill to demonstrate concerns over outsourced
 manufacturing jobs.
 
 
 
     "With the race tightening, the candidates cannot dodge this issue any
 longer," said Paul. "The economy is the number one concern for Pennsylvania
 voters. Our 'China Cheats' campaign features a hard hitting, direct ad that
 makes it clear that when Washington lets China win, workers in cities like
 Pittsburgh and Allentown lose. The campaign will follow the candidates
 until primary day, pushing them to make a real commitment to solving the
 China problem."
 
 
 
     AAM will also launch CandidateWatch
 (http://candidatewatch.manufacturethis.org/), a blog that will track what
 the candidates are saying, or not saying, about their plans to stop China
 from cheating on international trade laws.
 
 
 
     THE FACTS:
 
 
 
     The damaging effects of unfair trade are clear across the state. AAM's
 analysis of Economic Policy Institute data found that Pennsylvania lost
 78,200 jobs from 2001-2006 (all sectors) as a result of the U.S. trade
 deficit with China [source: EPI, 'Costly Trade with China'], for an average
 of 15,640 lost jobs per year. Using an identical analysis, AAM found that
 Pennsylvania lost 44,173 jobs from 1993-2004 (all sectors) as a result of
 NAFTA, for an average of 4,016 jobs lost per year [source: EPI, 'Revisiting
 NAFTA'].
 
 
 
     "If the presidential candidates want to save Pennsylvania jobs, they
 should commit to fighting China's illegal trade practices such as dumping,
 subsidies, and currency manipulation," said Paul, noting that the U.S.
 racked up record annual trade deficits in 2007 with both China ($256
 billion) and its NAFTA partners ($138 billion). "We can no longer allow
 China to chip away at the foundation of America."
 
 
 
     A state-by-state breakout of U.S. jobs lost to China is available at:
 http://www.americanmanufacturing.org/inyourstate/
 
 
 
     ABOUT AAM
 
 
 
     The non-partisan, non-profit Alliance for American Manufacturing is a
 labor-management partnership between the United Steelworkers and major
 manufacturers, including Pennsylvania-based United States Steel Corporation
 and Allegheny Technologies.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SOURCE Alliance for American Manufacturing

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