United Steelworkers Union

USW Says Rumored Section 232 Tariffs On Canadian Aluminium Makes “Mockery” Of USMCA

USW Says Rumored Section 232 Tariffs On Canadian Aluminium Makes “Mockery” Of USMCA

One of the biggest metalworkers’ unions on the North American continent said late last week that the rumored imposition of tariffs on Canadian aluminium exports to the United States would make a “mockery” of the principles underlying the pending United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement...

Quebec Government Announces C$100 Million Aid Package to Small Aluminium Smelters

The government of Quebec announced earlier this week a plan to come to the rescue of the province’s smaller aluminium and steel firms by way of a C$100-million loan package. As hinted at last week, Canadian Economy Minister Dominique Anglade rolled out the plan on Monday shortly after meeting with representatives of the province’s aluminium […]

Contract Talks to Resume At Québec Aluminium Smelter ABI

Alcoa Corp will soon resume negotiations with the union labor force currently on strike at Québec’s Aluminerie de Bécancour Inc. (ABI). The plant’s management made known its readiness to again take up labor talks with the provincial labor ministry late last week. The ABI plant, which boasts a primary aluminium production capacity of around 430 […]

Century and UAW Appeal to Trump for Decisive Action Upon Section 232 Aluminium Investigation’s Completion

Leaders from Century Aluminum and United Steelworkers added their voices to a growing chorus of industry and political leaders urging United States President Donald Trump to use the soon-to-be-released findings from the Commerce Department’s Section 232 national security investigation into alleged illegal dumping of aluminium into the U.S. market by producers from the People’s Republic […]

USW Urges CFIUS to Reject Zhongwang Purchase of Aleris

United Steelworkers president Leo W. Gerard sent an open letter to U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew on Thursday urging the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to recommend against the purchase of Aleris Corporation by China Zhongwang. Though rumors regarding the firm’s alleged involvement in the fake aluminium semis have […]

Mixed fortunes for U.S. industry – facing challenges on a broader front

The primary aluminium sector in the USA has been decimated over the past 10 years, with a succession of smelter closures and heavy job losses. Looking for the root causes, accusing fingers have pointed towards China and its unfair industry trading position supported by its national government’s policies. The debate continues – spearheaded by the […]