Steelworkers to Rally in Alabama Against Cheap Imports

Steelworkers to Rally in Alabama Against Cheap Imports

The Alliance for American Manufacturing, U.S. Steel and the United Steelworkers will hold the latest in a series of rallies next week in Alabama to protest foreign steelmakers' dumping of below-cost imported steel into the United States.

Alabama Media Group reports that the Alliance for American Manufacturing, U.S. Steel and the United Steelworkers will hold a rally Monday at the U.S. Steel Fairfield Works and Tubular Operations in Fairfield, Alabama, to protest foreign steelmakers' dumping of below-cost imported steel into the United States.

Scheduled speakers at the rally include U.S. Representatives Terri Sewell and Spencer Bachus, and Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing.

The demonstration is the fifth in a series of events held around the country over the last six weeks. Earlier rallies were held at U.S. Steel facilities in Munhall, Pennsylvania; Granite City, Illinois; Lone Star, Texas; and Lorain, Ohio.

According to the Alliance for American Manufacturing, South Korea and eight other countries have been flooding the United States with steel pipe priced below cost, putting a squeeze on domestic steel producers.

'Overwhelming Evidence'

AAM President Scott Paul, in the above-linked Alabama Media Group story, notes:

"There is overwhelming evidence that this steel pipe is being dumped in a manner intended to circumvent international trade law.

"What's at stake is whether America's steel producers and their workers will have a fair chance to compete in such a strong market."

At the behest of domestic steel manufacturers, the Commerce Department launched an investigation in December into the import of seamless pipe and tube products used in the petroleum industry. Commonly referred to as oil country tubular goods, or OCTG, these products include drill pipe and pipe casings. Imports of OCTG have doubled since 2008, and South Korea is responsible for half of that increase, according to the AAM.

A handful of domestic producers led by U.S. Steel filed the original trade complaint in December. In a preliminary ruling issued in February, the Commerce Department rejected the domestic producers' complaint. The department says it will announce its final determination on the matter "on or about" July 8.

 

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