The following statement was released by the United Steelworkers (USW) in conjunction with the June 3 filing of an antidumping and countervailing duty case against passenger and light truck tires from China. The case alleges massive dumping and substantial subsidization of sales of these products by China into the U.S. market. Here is the release in its entirety.
“Unfairly priced imports of tires from China have resumed flooding the U.S. market,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “Domestic tire producers have been rapidly losing market share over the last two years. Domestic shipments have been undercut by skyrocketing import growth from China, and while our economy recovers, domestic producers and their workers have not adequately shared in the benefits.
“In the four years prior to that case -2004 to 2008- imports from China had skyrocketed from 14.6 to 46 million tires, causing significant harm to the U.S. tire industry, multiple plant closures and unacceptable job losses,” said USW International Secretary-Treasurer Stan Johnson, a former tire worker.
“Our fight for jobs in the sector is far from over,” said USW International Vice President Tom Conway. “China is expanding its industry and has targeted the U.S. market as the place to dump product and subsidize sales. As China expands production and increases employment in this sector, it is our workers who pay the price with job losses.
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