Chinese trade practices
At a press conference to protest job losses from China’s unfair trade advantages in front of the now-closed Winchester firearms plant in New Haven, Ct., CT. AFL-CIO President John Olsen, CT AFL-CIO Sec.-Treas. Lori Pelletier, Local 609 President John Reynolds, Craig Gauthier of Winchester Ad-Hoc Committee, GrowJobsCT Director John Harrity, former Winchester employees Kerry Dawson and Larry Edwards and John Bauman, president of the Organization for the Rights of American Workers.
Cheap imports from China carried a high price for 186 members at the iconic Winchester rifle facility after parent company US Repeating arms closed the New Haven plant on March 31, 2006.
Former Winchester workers spoke out at a Connecticut AFL-CIO rally in support of an unfair trade practices petition filed by the AFL-CIO to force the Bush Administration to take action against China’s violation of workers’ rights. Those violations, including slave-labor conditions and extensive use of child labor, give China an unfair competitive advantage and cost millions of North American jobs. Under the Trade Act of 1974, the U.S. has the ability to take action against China, but the Bush Administration has refused to do so.
“March 31 was a very sad day; 186 jobs, that’s 186 families,” Local 609 President and 40-year Winchester employee John Reynolds told the New Haven Register. “We are looking for our representatives in Washington D.C. to do something.”
U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) had recently introduced legislation to stem the tide of manufacturing jobs going overseas and has urged the Bush Administration to take tougher action.
"The closure of the Winchester plant was a blow to both the generations of workers who were the backbone of the plant as well as the surrounding community," DeLauro said. "Yet, the closure of this New Haven institution represents something much bigger — it is a symbol of the Bush Administration’s failed trade policies and its impact on families right here at home."
Gary Winfield August 11 2018·
The following is a Press Release posted on September 2, 2014:
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- "All Aboard! Senators join with CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs to Encourage Participation in Upcoming March in New York City and to Announce Collaboration with Metro-North
- "New Haven, CT — The Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs will hold a press conference at Union Station in New Haven (at 2:00pm on September 2, 2014) to highlight the participation of Connecticut’s labor and religious communities in the People’s Climate March (www.2014.peoplesclimate.org) on September 21 in New York City.
- "U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal will join representatives of CT labor organizations that have endorsed the march – including Lori Pelletier, Executive Secretary of the CT AFL-CIO – and prominent religious leaders – including the Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas, Bishop Diocesan of the Episcopal Diocese of CT.
- "With more than a dozen endorsing unions and labor organizations, Connecticut will have one of the strongest labor contingents at the march, exposing the false framing of “jobs vs. the environment.”
- "Both Senators helped advocate with Metro-North, along with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Governor Dannel Malloy’s office. DOT Commissioner James Redeker succeeded in brokering an agreement with Metro-North for discounted fares and enhanced capacity to ensure that large numbers of CT residents can get to the march by purchasing seats through the coalition at www.CTClimateTrain.org.
- "The coalition will thank Metro-North for its collaboration and highlight the critical role of mass transit in a green jobs economy.
- "CT State Council of Machinists President John Harrity serves on the Steering Committee for the Roundtable. “Here in Connecticut, Labor is working together with our allies in religious communities and environmental groups to build a sustainable, renewable energy future, creating jobs while protecting the climate,” says Harrity. “Climate change is the most important issue facing all of us for the rest of our lives. When our kids, and grandkids, ask ‘What did you do to help stop this disaster?’ which they will surely ask if we do not take drastic steps immediately – Machinists Union activists can say, ‘We helped save the world. We were there on September 21.’”
Participants in the press conference will include:
- U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal
- Lori Pelletier – Executive Secretary, CT AFL-CIO
- Melodie Peters – President, American Federation of Teachers – CT
- Rev. Dr. Ian Douglas – Bishop Diocesan, Episcopal Diocese of CT
- Rabbi Joshua Hammerman – Temple Beth El in Stamford
- Fatma Antar – Co-Founder, Islamic Association of Greater Hartford/Berlin Mosque; Board Member, Interreligious Eco-Justice Network