Today is a big day for the USW and tire workers. In a major trade safeguard case against Chinese tire imports, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to announce whether such imports are a significant cause of material injury, or threat of material injury to the domestic industry producing passenger vehicle and light truck tires.
Under the statute, such a finding is called ‘market disruption.’
The ruling is an important step in an expedited proceeding that was initiated by a petition filed Apr. 20 by the United Steelworkers (USW) under Section 421 of the Trade Act of 1974. At a Jun. 2 public hearing, Leo W. Gerard, International President of the USW and 10 members of Congress made a strong case saying an import surge has caused a sharp decline in U.S. production and the loss of thousands of U.S. jobs.