"In the case of rare earths, China's predatory practices of restricting access to these vital products to users around the globe and providing incentives for companies needing these products to manufacture in China, were well-documented. That same impact is felt by varying degrees by users and workers in many of the consumer sectors affected by commodities covered by the USTR's most recent case. For many products, the effect of China's policies has corroded America's manufacturing base along with production in other countries.
"China continues to show a blatant disregard for its previous commitments. The results are tangible and workers across this country are sick and tired of China's protectionist and predatory practices. These cases are tough to bring, but they are sorely needed. USTR's continuing diligence on enforcement issues is making a difference in the lives of workers. Still, getting China to play by the rules is a never-ending task."
The USW represents 850,000 workers in North America employed in many industries that include metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining and the service and public sectors. For more information: http://www.usw.org/.
Holly Hart (202) 778-4384
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SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)