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United Steel Workers International Union
United Steel Workers Legislative Council
"If unfair trade is left unchecked, ... there is no doubt that many of our members that produce these products will begin being laid off," Andros said.
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"We don't have a lot of arrows in our quiver," Andros said.
"But if you stand by and do nothing, you're going to lose capacity and jobs."
Andros 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.
Andros 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.
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