USW Submission to Standing Committee on International Trade Re Section 232 Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

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Steelworkers strongly oppose the May 31 Presidential Proclamation to extend Section 232 tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum to Canada. Our international board responded immediately and unanimously to condemn this decision, noting the absurdity of labelling Canada a security threat. We maintain that Canada and the U.S. must work jointly to remedy the real problem affecting North American industry – steel and aluminum dumping – for which Canada is not to blame.

USW testified to the CIIT on June 26, raising its initial concerns with the tariffs. USW Canadian National Director Ken Neumann advocated for immediate worker and industry supports absent a quick cancellation of the 232 tariffs. Our aim must be to mitigate as much job loss as possible.

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