USW Local 2911 reacts to steel, aluminum tariffs
President Trump has signed orders for a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent on foreign aluminum. It’s a move the local Steelworkers Union has been lobbying for, saying it's going to revive their trade.
"I know U.S. Steel announced they were going to bring back 500 workers. They're in the process of doing that. They're already starting up a blast furnace. It's good news, not only for U.S. Steel, but it's good news for all the steel companies in this country,” said Mark Glyptis, president, USW Local 2911.
“It's good for America and its people. And I'm hoping that new steel mills get built."
House speaker Paul Ryan released a statement saying he disagrees with the tariffs, and last week, when Congressman Bill Johnson cautioned against their implementation, referencing the imposition by the last Bush administration that increased prices on other goods.
These steel and aluminum tariffs take effect in 15 days.
Canada and Mexico are on a waiver list that excludes them from these tariffs. That's part of a deal to re-negotiate NAFTA. There are reports that more countries may end up that list.