February 10, 2014: When you're going through February, keep going

Posted by mmcmullan on 02/10/2014

Good morning,

Well, America, there’s no turning back now. We’re firmly into February, it’s cold, and around these newsletter parts we’re ready for spring to arrive.

Maybe this is your kind of weather. Okay, that’s cool. We can respect that. Just take no offense, February fans, when we note that a great man once said: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

Sounds like a plan to us. But what will we stop to mention along the way?

First and foremost, we’ll mention today’s most excellent Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference, where Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul will sit down with former Sierra Club director (and ReMaking America author) Carl Pope to talk about the environmental impacts of Made in the USA.

We’re also gonna catch some of the ongoing winter Olympics, natch. Big ups to Ralph Lauren for designing a fully American-made uniform for Team USA. We’ll definitely be watching a little luge – a little luge, anyone? – later this week, as the American team’s upgraded sleds were jointly made by Dow Chemical and U.S. Steel, which is legit. And, of course, you can find the Olympic medal count here.

And Valentines Day! If the only thing between you and a few cold nights on the couch is a last-minute gift for your sweetheart, here’s are a few thoughtful, American-made ones as suggested by USA Love List. If you’re flying solo this year, that’s okay; you can munch your way through the loneliness with some union-made candies.

Man. February is busy.

In case you missed it:

  • The latest jobs report came out last Friday, and the numbers were, umm … well, they were definitely numbers, you can’t take that away from them. But middle-income manufacturing jobs actually did okay. We need more of them – many more – but progress is progress.
  • The big ol’ Trans-Pacific Partrnership (TPP) trade negotiations are lumbering along, still without a rule to address currency manipulation. Some of America’s top automakers think giving more market access to countries who already exploit currency rules to boost their trade balances (cough Japan cough) is a bad idea.
  • And others, like Maine’s Rep. Mike Michaud, think TPP should maintain duties on imported shoes. He makes a strong case for doing so:

Do we have to buy Asian-manufactured goods as a way of establishing economic ties with the region? Or is there a way to deepen our economic relationships without depriving our own communities of the jobs that sustain them?

Happy Monday, everyone. We’ll catch up with you at the end of the week.     

-AAM

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