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PORTSIDELABOR  September 2010, Week 2

PORTSIDELABOR September 2010, Week 2

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Two articles on jobs-China & Boston

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1)	USW Files Trade Case to Preserve Clean, Green
Manufacturing Jobs in America

2)	Profiting from misery - Hyatt Workers in Boston


1)	USW Files Trade Case to Preserve Clean, Green
Manufacturing Jobs in America

September 09, 2010

United Steel Workers of America

http://www.usw.org/media_center/releases_advisories?id=0327

Contacts: Wayne Ranick (412) 562-2444 (o),
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(Pittsburgh) -- The United Steelworkers (USW) union
today filed a comprehensive trade case under Section 301
of the trade law identifying a broad array of Chinese
policies and practices that threaten the future of
America's alternative and renewable energy sector.  The
case alleges that China has utilized hundreds of
billions of dollars in subsidies, performance
requirements, preferential practices and other
trade-illegal activities to advance its domination of
the sector.

The USW filed the petition with the office of United
States Trade Representative this morning.   The
5,800-page submission identifies five major areas of
protectionist and predatory practices utilized by the
Chinese to develop their green sector at the expense of
production and job creation here in the U.S.   Under the
law, the Obama Administration has 45 days from the date
of filing to determine whether to accept the petition
for further action. This will put the Administration's
decision date on or before Oct. 24.

"Green jobs are key to our future," said Leo W. Gerard,
International President of the USW. "Right now, China is
taking every possible step - many of them illegal under
international trade laws - to ensure that it will
control that sector. America can't afford to cede more
of its manufacturing base to China.

"It's a national priority to reduce our dependence on
foreign energy supplies.   But if all we do is exchange
our dependence on foreign oil for a dependence on
Chinese alternative and renewable energy production
equipment, we will have traded away our nation's energy,
economic and job security."

The USW points out that the Obama Administration and
Congress have spent considerable time and effort on
promoting green jobs as a vital component of a long-term
growth strategy.  From climate change legislation to
training programs, there has been an emphasis on clean
and green technologies.   But if China's illegal actions
are left unchecked, the promise of green jobs will not
come to fruition.  The USW is the largest industrial
union in North America with workers involved in
virtually every facet of production associated with
alternative and renewable energy equipment, from steel
to wind turbine blade-making.

"America is losing its leadership of this sector in
large part because of China's plans to control this
industry no matter what," said USW Vice President Tom
Conway.  "They're breaking every rule in the book."

Last year, America found out that its tax dollars were
to be used to support a wind energy project largely
based on Chinese-produced equipment, such as wind
turbines. "With high unemployment, less than optimal
growth and rising budget deficits, America can't afford
to let China cheat any longer," Conway said.

"This case draws a line in the sand," said Gerard. "The
petition presents comprehensive facts and data regarding
China's illegal acts under international trade rules. We
can't rely on unending diplomatic niceties and
non-productive photo opportunities masquerading as
serious talks.  We're hemorrhaging jobs, seeing our
bilateral trade deficit skyrocket and jeopardizing our
future."

During the next 45 days, the USW plans to continue
discussions with the Administration over the contents of
the petition. At the same time, the USW will seek to
enlist the support of elected officials and concerned
citizens to urge the Administration to accept the case,
take remedial action, and help ensure a brighter future.

Gerard said:  "Our message will be quite clear. Enough
is enough. It's time to fight for our future."

The USW is the largest industrial union in North America
and has 850,000 members in the U.S., Canada, and the
Caribbean. It represents workers employed in metals,
rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining, atomic energy
and the service sector.

###

The USW case is being filed under Section 301 of U.S.
trade laws.  The petition was prepared by the
Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Stewart and Stewart,
a well-regarded law firm in the customs and
international trade area.

The case addresses China's illegal activities in five
key areas:

* Restrictions on access to critical materials 

* Performance requirements for investors 

* Discrimination against foreign firms and goods 

* Prohibited export subsidies and prohibited domestic content subsidies 

* Trade distorting domestic subsidies

Copies of the petition were filed with the Office of the
United States Trade Representative this morning.   Both
public and confidential versions of the petition were
filed.  The confidential version contains information on
specific companies in the green technology field which
will not be released publicly because of fear of
retaliation by Chinese authorities and business
interests.   Increasingly, companies in the U.S. have
chosen to not publicly identify their concerns or seek
redress for problems they face in the Chinese market
based on valid concerns about retribution and
retaliation.

Because of the size of the petition, 5,800 pages, an
executive summary of the case is available here.

Moderators Note: to down load the executive summary,
please follow the link to the article at the beginning
of this posting.




2)	Profiting from misery

By Kevin Cullen

Globe Columnist / September 7, 2010 

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/09/07/profiting_from_misery/

They had a demonstration outside the downtown Hyatt the
other day, to commemorate the anniversary of the firing
of 98 housekeepers at Hyatt hotels in and around Boston.

You probably didn't hear about this because, well, there
was this alleged hurricane barreling up the coast, and
everybody was too busy preparing for the end of the
world to consider the fate of a bunch of hard-working
women who got treated a lot worse than the weathered
shingles of the quaint shops on Nantucket.

Continue reading this article at:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/09/07/profiting_from_misery/

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