Senator Presses FTC to Enforce Consequences for Made in USA Labeling Violators

Cathalijne Adams

Cathalijne Adams Writer/Researcher, AAM

Companies that deceptively market their products as Made in USA capitalize on the hard work of those committed to sustaining American manufacturing and the good-paying jobs the industry supports.   

Concerned by reports of this heinous form of fraud, West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R) recently pressed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to account for the lack of consequences in cases of false “Made in USA” labeling.

Earlier this year, the FTC found three companies had flouted the agency’s Made in USA labeling laws, but the agency did not impose any consequences for these companies.

“[Fraudulent Made in USA claims are] fairly prevalent,” said FTC Chairman Joseph Simons in response to Capito’s questioning during the Nov. 27 Senate Commerce Subcommittee hearing. “We get hundreds of complaints a year that people are improperly using the ‘Made in USA’ label. We are committed to investigating those.”

Though the FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra called the labeling violations “brazen and deceitful,” naming these companies alone, as the agency has done, is insufficient to safeguard the integrity of the Made in USA label.  

With the aim of further disincentivizing Made in USA fraud, Simons stated that the FTC is evaluating how it might apply financial penalties.  

“As a general rule, we’ve only gotten injunctive relief in cases like this previously. But now we’re exploring whether we can find a good case that would be appropriate for monetary relief -- to serve as an additional deterrent,” Simons said.

Chopra added that the impact of this deceptive marketing has ramifications beyond consumers.

“And for those who lie – this cheapens the ‘Made In USA’ label. So, it’s not just hurting American consumers; it’s hurting every American manufacturer who is trying to do right,” Chopra said. “I want us to be much more aggressive with this actually.”

These concerns echo that of Democratic Sens. Tommy Baldwin (Wis.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Chris Murphy (Conn.), who sent a letter to the FTC on Oct. 12 to advocate for greater labeling enforcement.

Unquestionably, it’s time for the FTC to defend American manufacturers and impose tougher penalties.

Join us in calling on the FTC to impose tougher rules and actual penalties on companies that cheat the system.


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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