CSUSTL Holds 2022 Congressional Briefing on Trade in Washington DC - "Trade Remedy Laws: Their Impact on Companies and Workers".
On September 28, 2022, CSUSTL conducted their annual briefing with congressional staff, Administration officials, and interested industry leaders to discuss the impact of the trade remedy laws upon companies, their workers, and the communities in which they live. The event was held in a virtual forum recognizing ongoing concerns with the covid virus. 81 participants joined in the afternoon session, with roughly two-thirds of the audience being congressional staffers. This included committee staff from the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, as well as numerous personal office staff from members of these committees. A panel of companies and union leader provided testimonies/anecdotal evidence of the importance of the laws in effectively addressing illegal trade practices which have injured their companies and workforce. It included: Mr. Perry Miller/Kountry Wood - cabinet makers; Mr. Mamum Rashid/Auxin Solar - solar power components; Ms. Tina Howard/Domtar Corporation - thermal paper; and Mr. Roy Houseman/United Steelworkers - union participation. Typical follow up comments from congressional staff said "having real companies talk about their experiences is a very effective message" and "great event, just the right balance of learning about the alws and how they helped folks in our district". A video recording of the event is available upon request. CSUSTL will be conducting a second meeting on the topic in Spring 2023 which will provide a technical review of the laws, its past history, and needed updates to address 21st century abuses by our trading partners.