Linda Andros, legislative counsel for the Steelworkers in Washington, defended the union against charges that U.S. tariffs harm workers in other countries, noting that the USW regularly aids unions overseas and fights for stronger labor rights there through trade deals.
"We don't have a lot of arrows in our quiver," Andros
"But if you stand by and do nothing, you're going to lose capacity and jobs."
said the union can't reshape the global trade regime by fighting one product at a time-much less attack what it sees as a multitude of sins that China commits against fair trade.
Those include artificially undervaluing its currency (which lowers the cost of exports) and offering investors below-cost loans, free land, cheap electricity, tax adjustments, and a bevy of other subsidies-greater than the substantial help that U.S. states routinely offer companies.
said that if it wanted to, the U.S. government could launch sanctions against China's currency manipulation now, without waiting for a lengthy trade case to be heard.