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Nearly 40,000 U.S. glass jobs lost since 2001; Chinese capacity expanding

Post Time:Oct 10,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:411

The United Steelworkers (USW) applauded the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) for a report just released on the significant job losses of U.S. glass workers and the massive increase of Chinese government subsidies that have exacerbated a damaging flood of imports to the industry.

USW President Leo W. Gerard said the report "provides compelling evidence that our government must step to the plate at the upcoming commerce talks with China later this month to urge a response that reduces the effect of subsidization on American jobs in the glass industry." He adds, "Rising joblessness makes it critical that our government enforce fair trade laws to help reverse this trend."

Top U.S. government officials will be meeting in Hangzhou, China with their Chinese counterparts of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) starting Oct. 29.

The USW currently represents about 15,000 workers actively employed in the North American glass industry at production plants that make auto and truck vehicle glass, office and residential energy efficient windows, fiber optic cable, glass containers, cookware and applications for electronic devices.

Source: GlassInChinaAuthor: shangyi

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