After Years of Stealing American Trade Secrets and Jobs, China Must Face Consequences

From the Alliance for American Manufacturing

In response to China's lengthy record of intellectual property rights (IPR) violations, President Trump initiated actions on Thursday that are designed to hold Beijing accountable. The actions include proposed tariffs, a case at the World Trade Organization, and an investigation into Chinese investments in the United States.

The announcement comes after an August order Trump signed that directed the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to investigate China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. A recent USTR report found that "the protection and enforcement of trade secrets in China is a serious problem" and highlighted concerns with the Chinese government and military infiltrating American computer systems "for the purpose of providing commercial advantages to Chinese enterprises."

Violations of IPR by Beijing cost American jobs. American companies are restricted from exporting to China. The alignment of innovation, design, and production of advanced technology products becomes grossly distorted, and U.S.-based companies lose market share. 

A new Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) resource outlines the need for action due to years of China's forced technology transfer, discriminatory licensing restrictions, state-coordinated technology acquisition, and cyber-theft. 

Said AAM President Scott Paul: 

“There’s no disagreement that China cheats. The only question is, do we continue to ignore China’s cheating or do we finally act decisively to stop it? The same experts who assured us China would reform when it entered the world trade system are now saying tariffs won’t work.

"Companies that have benefited from shipping jobs to China are screaming the loudest. We shouldn’t listen to any of these bogus complaints against tariffs. If China doesn’t play by the rules, it should lose some access to the U.S. market, which it values the most.

"Manufacturers of everything from computers to metals have been forced to compete against the very products they spent years and significant financial resources to develop after Chinese companies illegally lifted proprietary knowledge.

"We have a large trade deficit in advanced technology products and an enormous goods trade deficit with China. We’ve lost millions of good jobs to China. The administration’s proposed actions will help to restore some balance with China, as well as to recreate an ecosystem to innovate, design, and make products here that we can sell abroad.”

To read more about China's ongoing IPR theft, visit


Reposted from AAM

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

Union Matters

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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