Union displeased with tire imports from China in U.S.

Steelworkers allege unfairly priced tires flooding the market, jeopardizing American jobs.
MCT Regional News
Jun 4, 2014

The United Steelworkers union is alleging that unfairly priced tires from China are again flooding the U.S. market, violating trade deals and putting U.S. jobs at risk.

The Pittsburgh-based union on Tuesday filed trade complaints with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission that accuse the Chinese of selling passenger car and light truck tires at significantly less than market value. The USW also alleges that China is significantly subsidizing its tire industry.

The United Steelworkers represents U.S. tire workers, including those who work at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. in Findlay.

“Unfairly priced imports of tires from China have resumed flooding the U.S. market,” USW International President Leo Gerard stated. “Domestic tire producers have been rapidly losing market share over the last two years. Domestic shipments have been undercut by skyrocketing import growth from China, and while our economy recovers, domestic producers and their workers have not adequately shared in the benefits.”

In 2009, the Steelworkers filed a similar complaint that resulted in the Obama Administration slapping a three-year tariff on tires imported from China. Though that action, which called for tariffs as high as 35 percent, did result in a decline in tire imports from China, analysts said it artificially raised prices in the United States.

A spokesman for Cooper declined to comment about the USW’s complaint on Tuesday, saying officials needed time to review it.

The USW says the number of tires imported from China rose by 25 percent in the first three months of this year. The union also alleges dumping margins as high as 92 percent.

“Simply put, China is stealing American jobs and the Steelworkers intend to fight for every one of those jobs,” Mr. Gerard said.

While visiting Cooper’s Findlay headquarters last week, Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) said the U.S. government needs to ensure tires sold in the United States are sold at fair market value and are not being “dumped.”

“There’s a lot of that in the tire business, including a 2009 case that was brought here in the Untied States to help Cooper and other companies like Cooper,” the Ohio Republican said.

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By Tyrel Linkhorn - The Blade, Toledo, Ohio (MCT)

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Comments

JACKEL

Union says it all. What is the union wage in China ?

earlduck

fair market value,as cheap as I can get!

Contango

Re: "analysts said it artificially raised prices in the United States."

Yep! That's what tariffs do when competition is prevented.

kURTje

See the guy on Route 18 (close to Zeiter Trkng.) His recycling of autos yields like new tires @ a great price. Better than China's.

Really are you ...

Overall, we should be upset with every country that has and is taking American jobs away. They haven't dropped the prices in anything. Praise the companies that have not relocated to different locations. Praise the companies that stayed or brought new business in.

Contango

Re: "taking American jobs away."

Better listen to some 'new' tunes instead of that 'golden oldies' lefty propaganda.

Production IS moving back to the U.S. due to rising labor and transportation costs.

But one example:

http://online.wsj.com/news/artic...

Really are you ...

Not all that left are back. And the ones that come back are going to have increased automation. Overall bad moves by the corporate world that messed, and messes, over the middle class worker.

In 2004 I was working at Mayflower for $16.50ish an hour. Now I am happy as heck that I am working for $3.00's less an hour. 10 years later $120.00's less on a 40 hour work week. That is not even taking into consideration that if Mayflower were still here, that time spent there with pay raises. I'd be making $20.00 an hour, or an extra $280.00 a week. Complete Bull$-@"!. And now companies are bringing manufacturing back, with robots! Yes! The future is looking even better!

And nothing is cheaper!