The United Steelworkers (USW) union is celebrating the Department of Commerce's decision to impose tariffs on truck and bus tires imported from China, and says those imports are threatening jobs at tire plants across the U.S.

The DOC issued its final tariff rates Jan. 23, 2017.

The union says, "China's predatory policies have allowed it to capture an increasing share of the U.S. market. Imports of truck and bus tires into the United States totaled more than $1 billion in 2015."

USW International Secretary-Treasurer Stan Johnson, who chairs the union's national rubber and tire bargaining conference, says, "This ruling would be a major victory for American rubber workers, their families and their communities if the (International Trade Commission) ITC decides that workers have been 'injured.' Every sector of the U.S. tire industry has been under siege from China's unfair and illegal trade practices.

"The USW has consistently fought for relief for the entire rubber and tire industry, from passenger car and off-road vehicle tires to truck and bus tires. We're extremely pleased to see strong action to protect good-paying, family-supporting jobs and preserve market share for American employers."

The DOC investigation stemmed from a petition filed by the USW a year ago.

The ITC still must decide if workers and the industry have been injured by the Chinese imports before any duties become permanent. The ITC will issue its determination March 6, 2017.

For more information on the USW, visit www.usw.org.

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