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USW asks for pre-hearing appearance

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The United Steelworkers (UWS) union has asked for an appearance before the U.S. Trade Representative's Aug. 7 public hearing regarding the Chinese tire import case.

Last month, the U.S. International Trade Commision (ITC) proposed that duties be placed on certain Chinese consumer tire imports above and beyond current duties.

The USW had asked for the federal government to impose a quota on the number of Chinese tires brought to the U.S. each year.

Union officials believe that the surge in tire imports from China over the last five years has led to the closing of American tire plants and the elimination of more than 5,000 domestic tire manufacturing jobs.

The USW wants the U.S. interagency group reviewing the ITC's proposal to recommend that President Barack Obama support the duties. President Obama is scheduled to make a final ruling on the case in September.



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