Washington, D.C. (Oct. 19, 2011) -- USW Local 6787 Vice President Pete Trinidad testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, D.C., urging support for continued duty orders against imports of cut-to-length steel plate (CTLP) from India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and Korea.
Representing steelworkers employed by ArcelorMital who produce CTLP in Indiana at the Gary and Burns Harbor plate mills, Trinidad described to the ITC the last decade of steelworker sacrifices to keep the facilities operating in the face of unfair, subsidized imports and a weak market. The tariffs on CTLP were first placed on imports in the year 2000 for the standard five-year duty order period until an ITC Sunset Review continued the duties in 2005.
A second Sunset Review vote by the ITC is now scheduled in early December. If affirmative, the tariffs on CTLP imports will be maintained for another five years. Five U.S. steel companies operating plate mills in seven states and employing about 4,000 steelworkers are at stake. Thousands of additional jobs are tied to the supply of raw materials, maintenance and transportation.
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Steelworkers Join ITC Sunset Review Hearing as Stakeholders
A delegation of 17 steelworkers from plate mills in Pennsylvania operated by ArcelorMital in Coatesville and Conshohocken participated in the trade commission hearing in Washington. The commissioners expressed appreciation for their presence as stakeholders in the proceedings.
The USW Local 1165 participants representing about 700 steelworkers at Coatesville were: Sheldon Gregg, LU 1165 president; Ken Miller, grievance chair; David McLimans, recording secretary; Vonie Long, rapid response coordinator; Jim Graham, committeeman; Ron Brownback, shop stewart; and members Charles Howell, Clyde Deck and Dan Cylc.
The USW Local 9462 participants representing about 300 steelworkers at Conshohocken were: Lloyd Turpin, LU 9562 president; plus Ron Davis, John Ruttman, Charles Hauer, Matthew Marcucci, Darryl Amos, Jason Flint and Jamie Reed.