By Denna Bowman
Six US tyres importers are challenging the United Steelworkers union (USW) petition asking the International Trade Commission to limit the number of tyres imported from China.
The importers have formed the American Coalition for Free Trade in Tyres and are drawing up strategies to defeat the USW legal challenge.
Jim Mayfield, President of Del-Nat, one of the companies who have formed the alliance, said: “There are thousands of Americans working for small to medium US tyres companies whose jobs will be on the line if these quotas are put in place.
“Many US companies refuse to make our tyre brands anymore and now the unions want to cut off our imports. What’s supposed to happen to my company and my workers?”
The coalition is represented by law firm Jochum Shore & Trossevin of Washington, D.C., which has been talking to potential new coalition members and preparing some members to testify before the ITC when it has a hearing on the petition June 2.