As part of his plan to create and keep jobs in the U.S., President Obama has taken historic steps to protect American workers from China’s unfair trade practices. The President knows that, with a level playing field, American workers will always excel on a global scale.
Here’s a snapshot of what the President has done to make sure American workers and businesses get the fair shake they deserve.
In 2009, President Obama used for the first time “safeguard” provisions to place stiff tariffs on Chinese-made tires that were disrupting the U.S. market.
Since that decision, U.S. tire employment has risen by over 1,000 jobs. [Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics]
President Obama has filed 7 trade complaints against China to the World Trade Organization—twice the rate of the Bush administration.
The United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard praised the President’s actions: “For far too long, workers across this country have been victimized by bad trade policies and government inaction ... President Obama has made clear that he will enforce America’s trade laws and stand by American workers.”
Mitt Romney, however, said the President’s 2009 effort to stand up to China on behalf of the American tire industry was “decidedly bad for the nation and our workers.” When it comes to ensuring a level playing field for the American worker, the difference between the candidates could not be more clear.