May 16: #SOSJobs Rallies, A Report on America's Steel Industry, and the Potential Rebuilding of America's Infrastructure.

Posted by scapozzola on 05/15/2014

Good morning, and welcome to the Early Shift. Here’s what we’ve been doing this week: Rallying. At 3:00 pm CT today, we’re joining workers in Granite City, Illinois who manufacture oil country tubular goods (OCTG).  Those are the steel pipes and tubes used for oil and gas production. The OCTG sector is facing a flood of dumped imports that could swamp domestic steelmakers … and domestic steel jobs.

Are you in the greater St. Louis area? Then join the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), the United Steelworkers, and state and federal officials this afternoon as we call on Washington to enforce our on-the-books trade rules (and if you can’t make it to Granite City, Illinois, you can take action from home by clicking here).

The steel fight is important, and its nationwide.  On Monday, we'll be continuing to rally in support of America's steelmakers and their workers.  We'll be traveling to Munhall, Pennsylvania for an 11:00 am ET event at the U.S. Steel Research and Technology Center, with U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA), and Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul.  Munhall is located just a stone's throw from Pittsburgh, and is part of a venerable steelmaking tradition in Pennsylvania.  The fight is on to let Washington know that steel matters, and that our trade laws need to be strictly enforced.

How important is steel?  A new report released this week by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and the Law Offices of Stewart and Stewart found that a surge of subsidized, dumped steel imports could threaten more than half a million steelmaking jobs in the U.S. This dumping is especially apparent in the market for OCTG pipe used in oil and natural gas exploration.

The Senate weighs in.  The OCTG pipe issue is so critical that a bipartisan group of 57 Senators, led by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH), signed a letter to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker urging a full investigation regarding the dumping of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) steel pipe in the U.S. market by South Korea.  The letter emphasized the strategic economic importance of OCTG pipe to the future of U.S. energy independence.

What else is happening out there? President Obama visited New York's Tappan Zee Bridge this week to call on Congress to pass a $302 billion transportation bill for the repair of the nation's roads and bridges.  It was all part of Infrastructure Week 2014, with events focused on how best to improve the state of America's public infrasturcture.

A steel factory tour.  Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visited United States Steel Corp.'s Mon Valley Workss, Irvin Plant, to hold a roundtable discussion on employee skills training.

And that's it for this Early Shift, America. Remember: Save Our Steel Jobs. Join the conversation online with this hashtag: #SOSJobs.


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