China Trade Taskforce seeks to bring attention to China’s illegal trade practices and its harmful impact on American workers.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and the communist leadership have created excess aluminum capacity through a range of illegal tactics such as interest-free loans, dumping, debt forgiveness and preferential regulatory treatment. This market manipulation is threatening tens of thousands of American jobs.
Since 2015, CTTF has worked with its partners in the aluminum industry, community members, and members of congress to encourage the Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission to file a World Trade Organization (WTO) case against China’s illegal subsidization of its aluminum industry. Decisive action from the WTO is the only thing that will curtail China’s excess aluminum capacity.
CTTF launched online and on Twitter and Facebook.
15,000 Americans sign Change.org petition demanding action against illegal Chinese aluminum subsidies
Eight senators, including Sens. Brown (D-OH), Portman (R-OH), Schumer (D-NY) and Stabenow (D-MI), sent letter to Obama admin. demanding WTO case filing
The two leaders meet at Mar-a-Lago in Florida to discuss trade deals.
“This is not an area where we can afford to become dependent on other countries.”
The effects of China's illegal subsidies can be seen everyday
“My father worked here for 42 years. When I graduated college, I came here. My younger brother Scott worked here as well. The smelters have been a part of us for all our lives. The quality of life that is has given us. It was the place we wanted to work and took pride in.”
“I’ve worked here for 10 years. When I took this job – there were a lot of plants here, but this was the most secure at the time and the best paying job around this area. And the job has meant a great deal to me and my family. This facility has helped me and my family. I was able to buy my first house and new vehicles because of the job here. “
The Century facility is one of our top employer and are a big part of the fabric of the economy we have here. The impact they have – in terms of taxes – that’s about 10 percent of the local county budget. And that provides services whether it be building roads, bridges, our emergency services through police, fire, ambulance, these are critical services. So, the ripple effect of that is going to have a significant impact on not only the families and jobs that are being lost there but also the businesses in the area…everyone in the region is going to feel the impact.”
“I began working at Century as an hourly craftsman. I went from a craftsman all the way to plant manager. Everything you see around you – the refractory, the bits beside you – it’s not just the loss of the jobs in these smelters, it’s the folks that sell us this refractory and sell us the axels and wheels on these trollies. It’s everything here. It’s not measured in the thousands. It’s measured in the tens of thousands of support jobs that goes into running smelters in the US.”