Ask USTR: Stop China from Destroying American Jobs
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Illegal Chinese trade practices are hacking our economy and destroying tens of thousands of jobs across the United States. These are good paying jobs that hardworking Americans depend on to raise and support their families.
China has been particularly aggressive in targeting the American aluminum industry, which employs over 10,000 American workers directly and tens of thousands more throughout the economy. In the past year, China’s state owned Aluminum companies have increased production by 60 percent – an increase in production largely powered by illegal government subsidies. These unfair trade practices have caused aluminum prices to collapse and are forcing the closure of aluminum smelters across the country.
But this is not just a story of facilities closing; it is a story about lives that are being ruined. For people like Dustin and Scotty Stevens, aluminum smelting has been in their blood since birth. After graduating high school, both brothers followed in their father’s footsteps and took jobs at a local aluminum smelter in Hawesville, Kentucky. There, they have built careers that have helped them grow and support their families. After the price of aluminum plummeted, Scotty – whose wife just gave birth to their second child – lost his job.
We cannot give up on people like Scotty and Dustin. Instead, we need to join together and demand that the US government prevent China from hacking our economy and destroying American jobs.
TAKE ACTION TODAY: The Office of the US Trade Representative can and must do something to remedy this unfair trade and help restore the jobs and communities that depend on the aluminum industry. Call on USTR to investigate China’s illegal trade practices, to step up to hold China accountable, and to stop China from hacking American jobs.
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