A Year Later, Section 232 Trade Action Continues to Fortify Steel and Aluminum Industries

Cathalijne Adams

Cathalijne Adams Researcher, AAM

One year after President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would issue a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports in response to an investigation into the national security threat posed by steel and aluminum dumping, the positive impacts of the Section 232 trade action continue to bloom.

Remember that before this, steel and aluminum workers grappled with a market flooded with cheap steel and aluminum, largely from China, which produced nearly as much steel in a month as the U.S. did in a year.

For the steel and aluminum workers who attended Trump’s signing of the Section 232 tariff proclamation on March 8, 2018, the event signaled the opening of a new, hopeful chapter for them and their peers.  

But these men and women are not alone in their relief, workers nationwide have seen the benefits of the steel and aluminum industries’ renewed vigor. Just take a look at the most recent mill restarts in Lone Star, Texas, and Fairfield, Ala., or other manufacturers stimulated by increased operations in America’s steel and aluminum mills. Indeed, the U.S. manufacturing industry is finding renewed strength, and more Americans are back at work.

The revival Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul forecast on March 8 last year is continuing.

Said Paul on March 8, 2018:

"Steel and aluminum workers are already being hired back, and as the result of stronger industries we believe these will be the first of many new jobs created in America’s manufacturing communities. … We expect these tariffs to lay the groundwork for a stronger economy and industrial base."

However, just as steel and aluminum mills are stabilizing, some in Congress are trying to limit the powers of Section 232, a trade tool vital to our nation’s ability to defend industries critical to national security.

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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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