In June 2014, the USW petitioned the ITC again for relief from Chinese imports, this time under Sections 701 and 731 of the Trade Act.
The union asked for antidumping and countervailing duties against the Chinese, claiming that Chinese tire imports to the U.S. skyrocketed after the Section 421 tariffs lapsed.
USW International President Leo W. Gerard issued the following statement July 14 after the ITC issued its ruling:.
“We applaud the ITC for their decision in issuing an affirmative final determination for tariffs on Chinese tires being illegally dumped and subsidized into the U.S. market. The outcome in the USW's pursuit of this case will not only help protect USW members and their families but also helps protect the jobs and futures of the tens of thousands of workers employed within the U.S. tire industry.
“This is the first case under modern dumping and countervailing duty law filed solely by the workers. Increasingly the question of whether our trade laws are actually going to be enforced is being left to the workers, as companies and our government are either conflicted or have different priorities. The positive outcome may have resulted, in part, to recent changes in our trade laws pushed by the USW. These changes are important, but much more needs to be done to get our laws fairly and fully enforced.”
Mr. Gerard continued that the union and its members are “sick and tired of China's approach to trade and breaking of the rules. Its entry into the World Trade Organization has done little to stop its cheating. Time after time, we are forced to clean up the mess caused by our negotiators generating insufficient enforcement capabilities.
“The USW brought Section 421 cases on passenger vehicle and light truck tires and convinced the (Obama) Administration to provide relief. But as soon as the relief expired, the Chinese once again swamped our markets with unfairly-priced tires. Only after significant injury was demonstrated were we able to bring a case, something our government should have already done.”