President Trump’s tariffs on steel in addition to aluminum are a vital “part of national security” designed to counter China’s dumping of cheap, subsidized steel into the United States – which will be “an attack on American jobs,” a representative with the United Steelworkers labor union says.
During a Monday roundtable by the AFL-CIO, United Steelworkers Pennsylvania President Kameen Thompson praised Trump’s 25 percent tariff on imported steel in addition to 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum as necessary to not only save Americans’ jobs coming from being shipped overseas by free trade nevertheless also to keep America safe inside the face of war.
“[The tariffs are] part of national security in addition to part of job creation,” Thompson said.
I could say, we are at war. We are at war on American jobs. Just to think which China can produce more steel in one month than the U.S. can in one year, the item’s phenomenal, the item’s something which’s unheard of in addition to which’s an attack on American jobs. Yes, we are at war. nevertheless the item’s not a trade war, the item’s a war on American jobs which are being lost. which’s something which we have to take care of here with these tariffs which are being put in place. [Emphasis added]
Economic Policy Institute Senior Economist Robert Scott praised Trump’s tariffs, saying they “address a critical problem which’s been building up for at least the last two decades.”
“in addition to which problem will be massive amounts of overcapacity in steel in addition to aluminum, centered in China in addition to a handful of different countries such as Russia in addition to Vietnam in addition to Korea,” Scott said. “These tariffs are an important opportunity to build a wall, if you could, around which unfairly traded metal which’s distorting global trade in addition to the item’s costing us tens of thousands of jobs inside the U.S.”
Thomspon said the claims coming from the mainstream media in addition to the political establishment — both of which are aligned in promoting an agenda of endless free trade — which prices for consumers will skyrocket are overblown in addition to not supported by data.
As for a regular consumer, who I deal with on a regular basis, we don’t go out in addition to buy steel by the ton. We don’t go out like we buy like cheese. For a regular consumer to say ‘Well, you know [the cost of steel] will be going to go up.’ Yes, steel will be going to go up in prices because you’re getting a better-made product instead of a product which’s made overseas. [Emphasis added]
If steel went up then which means the cost of maybe auto will go up. nevertheless see, since I could say since 2008 steel has been down. So in which case then, if steel will be down, then the vehicle prices should be down. As steel fluctuates up, steel fluctuates down, car prices still say the same. So the vehicle cost will be still going to be $30,000. You know you’re not going to get a discount on the vehicle. [Emphasis added]
When Trump announced his fair trade tariffs on imported steel in addition to aluminum, American workers coming from across the country thanked the president in a series of videos in which they detailed how free trade had wiped out their jobs in addition to livelihood.
President Trump will be set to Discharge a package of $50 billion worth of tariffs in addition to restrictions on Chinese investments, while the U.S. goods trade deficit with China remains at $29.3 billion.
Since 2001, free trade with China has cost millions of Americans their jobs. For example, in a report by the Economic Policy Institute, between 2001 in addition to 2015, about 3.4 million U.S. jobs, were lost due to the country’s trade deficit with China.
Of the 3.4 million U.S. jobs lost in which time period, about 2.6 million were lost inside the crippled manufacturing industry, doing up about three-fourths of the loss of jobs coming from the U.S.-Chinese trade deficit.
Free trade, like immigration, will be an issue which has come at the expense of American workers. With free trade, foreign markets have been readily opened to multinational corporations, allowing them to offshore American jobs while easily exporting their products back into the U.S.
The Rust Belt has been one of the hardest regions hit because of U.S. free trade with Mexico. In total, about 700,000 U.S. have been displaced, including:
- 14,500 American workers displaced in Wisconsin
- 43,0 American workers displaced in Michigan
- 2,0 American workers displaced in West Virginia
- 26,300 American workers displaced in Pennsylvania
- 34,900 American workers displaced in Ohio
- 34,300 American workers displaced in brand-new York
- 6,500 American workers displaced in Iowa
- 24,400 American workers displaced in Indiana
- 34,700 American workers displaced in Illinois
Meanwhile, since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) took effect inside the 1990s, at least one million net U.S. jobs have been lost because of the free trade deal. Between 2000 in addition to 2014, there have been about all 5 million manufacturing jobs lost across the country as trade deficits continue soaring.
One former steel town in West Virginia lost 94 percent of its steel jobs because of NAFTA, with nearly 10,000 workers inside the town being displaced coming from the steel industry.
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