Significant progress on key demands

May 31, 2024

Since our last Stand up for Steel Conference in May 2020, our union has made significant progress on trade remedy reform and advancement on the other issues we pushed for.

As a result of years of lobbying and local union participation in trade cases, trade unions won the right to file anti-dumping, anti-circumvention and safeguard cases in the 2022 federal budget. We also won an expansion of the definition of material injury. During CITT injury inquiries, the trade tribunal must now consider impact on workers when determining whether unfairly traded goods have caused harm. This includes consideration of the impact on job loss, pensions, health and safety, community impact, among others. Also in 2022, we won stronger anti-circumvention measures that allow the CBSA greater discretion to investigate circumvention of imposed duties.


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