IBEW International Representative Troy Johnson testified at the ITC hearing last year about the shutdown of the Sharp TV plant in Tennessee that threw 500 IBEW members out of work in 2002 and the lay-offs of IBEW members at Toshiba in Lebanon, Tennessee.
The preliminary ruling from the ITC
was favorable to the petitioners.
Brother John Hickey inspecting a batch charger with a mix and melt engineer.
The U.S. International Trade Commission
scheduled a "final injury" hearing on the dumping case for April 15, 2004.
The IBEW members at Toshiba
are currently working, but Johnson
says that the plant's future is still in doubt.
is hopeful that the ITC
will rule in favor of the petitioners, helping to provide more security for workers at Toshiba
and at other U.S. operations where workers are represented by the Electronic Workers-Communications Workers of America (IUE-CWA), the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) and the Glass, Molders and Pottery Workers (GMP).
But, says Johnson
, "even if we win the ITC
case, it doesn't stop employers from moving production to Mexico, drawing an advantage from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)."