May 9, 2014: The #SOSJobs rallies continue
And welcome to the Early Shift. We’re starting the day off on the right foot here at the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) because our team (or your author’s team) made a good pick in last night’s NFL draft:
But we’re not all football, all the time around here. What else has been going on out there?
Well. On Monday, AAM rallied with steelworkers in Lorain, Ohio:
It’s the first in a series of rallies (Save Our Steel Jobs; or #SOSJobs) in support of American jobs that are facing a serious threat from unfairly traded imports. If our government doesn’t enforce the on-the-books trade laws, those middle-income steel jobs could be put at stake. We’ll be rallying again in the St. Louis area a week from now. In the meantime, you can read more on this issue.
Elsewhere: “America has a transportation funding problem. And if Congress doesn't fix it this summer, it could start doing some real damage.” In the Washington Post, Lydia DePyllis writes about the state of affairs in infrastructure spending, and it’s a … sobering read.
Want to check the temperature of the U.S. manufacturing sector? It’s complicated, says David Harrison for Roll Call:
According to many economists, unreliable government data is leading to overly rosy conclusions about the health of the manufacturing industry. Imports are not properly measured, for instance.
And speaking of imports: Joseph S. Pete in the Northwest Indiana Times says the domestic steel industry is becoming more vocal about the rising tide of unfairly priced imports that are greatly affecting stateside steelmaking:
'They might think we're crying wolf,' (said John Farris, vice president and general manager of Nucor Steel-Texas). 'We're absolutely not crying wolf.'
And that’s it. That’s it and that’s all, America. Let's get to it.
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