TCU is pleased that the International Trade Commission (ITC) has decided to move ahead with a Sec. 337 trade complaint filed by the U.S. Steel Corporation. The complaint alleges unfair and illegal trade practices by Chinese steel companies whose actions have contributed to the closing and/or shuttering of steel facilities and the loss of thousands of jobs.
TCU had previously joined with other unions representing workers at U.S. Steel Corporation and its subsidiaries in supporting the complaint. TCU represents workers at Transtar, Inc., a rail subsidiary of U.S. Steel that provides transportation services to various mills and facilities.
On May 9th, TCU National President Scardelletti wrote to the ITC urging them to take up the case:
…The allegations against these respondents are shocking: they include conspiracies to fix prices; theft of trade secrets through cyber-espionage; and fraud by false labeling and transshipment of steel to escape lawful duties ordered by the ITC and the Department of Commerce… [read the full letter below]
The decision by the ITC to move forward to the “discovery” phase is welcome news to the American steel industry and the thousands of workers whose jobs have been decimated by these illegal trade practices. For in-depth coverage of the ITC’s decision, see USW President Leo Girard’s statement.
Read TCU National President Scardelletti’s letter to the ITC: