United Steelworkers Denounces Possible Increase to U.S. Softwood Duties, Calls for Reversal

Business Wire

TORONTO & BURNABY, British Columbia — The United Steelworkers union (USW) is shocked by reports that the U.S. Department of Commerce will reinstate higher duties on certain Canadian softwood lumber exports, in contravention of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

“On the heels of recent, encouraging developments, it is appalling to learn that the new U.S. administration might exacerbate the long-running softwood lumber dispute that has harmed workers, consumers and communities in both our countries,” said USW National Director Ken Neumann.

“Under the rules of fair trade and virtually all WTO decisions on this file – including the most-recent ruling last year – there is no justification for the new U.S. administration to increase duties on Canadian exports and ratchet up this dispute,” Neumann said.