Tariffs will protect American jobs, officials say
Ohio labor leaders and U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan claim the Commerce Department decision to levy tariffs against nine countries including South Korea will keep the local steel industry on equal footing with foreign competitors.
There have been 100 workers laid off in Ohio because of these illegal dumping practices from countries trying to get part of the market for producing steel pipe for the oil and gas industry, said Patrick Gallagher, United Steelworkers representative.
If foreign governments were allowed to continue to dump subsidized steel into the U.S. market more than half the domestic steel jobs in the country would be at risk, he said.
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